The Argument from the Origin of the Idea of God for the Existence of God (TRtB #59)

Our Reasons to Believe Scripture passage for today is 1 Peter 3:15. It reads, "But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear."

Our Reasons to Believe quote for today is from J.C. Ryle. He said, "To talk of comparing the Bible with other "sacred books" so called, such as the Koran or the book of Mormon, is positively absurd. You might as well compare the sun with a rushlight, or Skiddaw with a molehill, or St. Paul's with an Irish hovel, or the Portland vase with a garden pot, or the Kohinoor diamond with a bit of glass. God seems to have allowed the existence of these pretended revelations, in order to prove the immeasurable superiority of His own Word."

Our Reason to Believe powerpoint today is titled "The Argument from the Origin of the Idea of God for the Existence of God" from "The Handbook of Christian Apologetics" by Peter Kreeft and Ronald K. Tacelli:

This argument, made famous by Rene Descartes, has a kinship to the ontological argument. It starts from the idea of God. But it does not claim that real being is part of the content of that idea, as the ontological argument does. Rather it seeks to show that only God himself could have caused this idea to arise in our minds.

It would be impossible for us to reproduce the whole context Descartes gives for this proof, and fruitless to follow his scholastic vocabulary....

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