I wrote an article for On Line Opinion a couple of weeks ago asking "does God exist?" In a subsequent article, I gave feedback on the comments my first article elicited. The majority of the comments on the original were clearly 'for' the existence of a god. I did not fully believe these responses and have since researched the question more deeply– especially the thinking of those who argue for the existence of God. This is my conclusion:
There is no God. But Christianity and the teachings of Jesus Christ are very much worthwhile following
This is based on four pieces of evidence: (i) reading the works of those who argue for and against the existence of God (ii) the history of moral behaviour over many centuries , (iii) the teachings of Jesus Christ as best we know them, and (iv) that I have survived the Coronavirus pandemic (so far).
Many authors have argued for and against the existence of God. They include:
1. Socrates(c. 470 BC - 399 BC) and Plato (c.428-347 B.C.)
2. Aristotle (384–322 BC)
3. St Augustine (354 –430 AD)
4. St. Thomas Aquinas (1225–1274)
5. René Descartes (1596-1650)
6. Baruch Spinoza (1632-1677)
7. Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646-1716
8. Voltaire (1694-1778)
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Peter Bowden is an author, researcher and ethicist. He was formerly Coordinator of the MBA Program at Monash University and Professor of Administrative Studies at Manchester University. He is currently a member of the Australian Business Ethics Network , working on business, institutional, and personal ethics.