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Seventeenth century philosopher Ren Descartes was a rational thinker He sought to prove theories using only reason because he viewed the senses as unreliable While many other philosophical thinkers of the seventeenth century were using both reason and the senses to prove their theories Descartes rationalist mind lead him to prove the existence of God through reason alone His thoughts resulted in a chain of causation that begins with the existence of himself and ends with the existence of God However many atheists who do not believe in the existence of God question the validity of Descartes reasoning Even those who do believe that God exists can find weaknesses in Descartes arguments and often do not base their belief in God on Descartes Meditation on First Philosophy I believe that Descartes conclusion that God exists is weak and does not prove the existence of God to either atheists or Christians However I will attempt to disprove my thesis by presenting Descartes chain of rational thoughts that lead him to believe in the existence of God and then I will offer my own attempt to disprove Descartes as I argue that the existence of God cannot be proven by using his chain of causation in Meditation on First Philosophy The basis of Descartes Meditation One Concerning Those Things That Can Be Called into Doubt is his uncertainty that everything he once believed to be true and existing is actually false and does not exist Descartes comes to believe that if he has any reason at all to doubt something than he is to reject it and believe that it does not exist Descartes disregards his senses because he believes that if they have ever deceived him even once than he has no way to prove that they are not deceiving him now and all the time He tells us never to place our complete trust in those who have deceived us even once 460 Descartes goes
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