what is god like?
god the father: all-powerful creator & holy judge
Read Chapter 2 from KNOW WHAT YOU BELIEVE and complete workbook questions.
What we believe about God influences our actions, attitudes and view of the world.
Watch "GOD Is" video by John Piper and complete handout
Discuss Week 4, GOD, workbook questions
Go over requirements for ESSAY 1
Is God real?
CLUE 1: CONTINGENCY- Why is there something rather than nothing?
Anything that exists is contingent upon something else.
You can't have an endless series of contingent things.
An infinite regression is impossible.
Logic demands there must be a source or a first non-contingent thing for all contingent objects and events to exist.
The source must be a necessary being.
By definition, the necessary being must be self-existent, uncaused, and eternal.
CLUE 2: CAUSATION- What is the first cause that started all the other causes?
The kalam cosmological argument:
Whatever begins to exist has a cause.
The universe began to exist.
Therefore, the universe has a cause.
CLUE 3: CHARACTER- Why do we have a moral obligation?
Why do we feel an obligation to do right, even when we don't?
Why do we have a conscience? And where does it come from?
for next week:
1. ASAP go take the Class Reflection Survey.
2. Read Chapter 3-4 from KNOW WHAT YOU BELIEVE and complete workbook questions.
(This week you read two chapters, not one, so budget your time accordingly.)