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Empiricism And Rationalism: Searching For God And Truth

890 words - 4 pages

We live in a time where everyone is searching for a reason to believe in something, there have posters and advertisement stating that “Only Prayer Can Save America”. Well if prayer can save us then there is only one question left to be answered. Who are we praying to? What are we praying for?
God is the almighty, the creator of everything and without him there would be no world and no us. But many people seem to question if He really exist. In the world there are many streams of philosophy that have argued the existence of God, Platonism, naturalism, Aristotelianism, realism, empiricism, and rationalism they have even tried to convince nonbelievers about the defensibility and validity of God. But regardless of the findings it has always been an individual’s choice of what to believe and who to believe in.
There has also been a perception about a greater power that has many searching for proof. The existence of God for some philosophers have fueled a many arguments that to this today still have not been answered.
The two streams I will discuss are Empiricism, and Rationalism. The empiricist is trying to find sense in their primary path to knowledge, while rationalist look for other ways to acquire knowledge for reason on why things are happening, even though they have different beliefs they are still searching for truth and a reason for believing in God or a god.
When I first heard about these two streams I wondered what did these have to do with God anyway. But it hit me, there are people (empiricist) in the world that believe that if you can’t see it, touch it, smell it, or hear it isn’t real the empiricist rely on the five senses to uncover the truth. “Empiricism” is a theory about knowledge that emphasizes the role of experience and evidence, especially the role of ‘sensory perception’; our ability to experience something with one of our five senses (pleaseconvinceme.com, 2011).
But many need to understand that the Bible appeals to our senses to determine if God exist. For example Jesus encouraged Philip to see God, according to the Bible in John 14:6-9 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth and the life, no one comes to the father but through Me. If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; from now on you know Him and have seen Him”. Philip said to Him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us (KJV)”.
John Locke an empiricist of epistemology presents two arguments for God’s existence. His first argument is a form of the cosmological argument: I exist (4:10:2); I cannot exist ex-nihilo; therefore something produced me (4:10:3), which is eternal (4:10:8), self-caused, or just happened to come into existence. The latter two are absurd, hence something eternal created me—God. ...

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