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The mystery of Gods existence has been a crucial element of many religious studies and traditions Who is God What is God Where is God To effectively discuss the existence of God it is necessary to illustrate the notion of faith People of faith believe that God does exist and that relationship with God gives meaning to their lives Others who are skeptical point to God as an obsolete hope of an ignorant human race People today live in a world distinguished by sophisticated technology in which modern science has been a strong agent in questioning the existence of God Although many cannot articulate their reasons for believing in the existence of God their faith is nonetheless definite and true An individuals faith in God is drawn through their personal experiences and the experiences of the community to which they belong Thomas Aquinas a thirteenth century theologian used his experiences of the world to develop his proofs of the existence of God His five proofs which depend on natural reason include a belief that there exists a Necessary Being who cannot be said not to exist and apart from whom no other being would be real Furthermore Aquinas asserted that there exists an Intelligent One who designs and directs all things and apart from whom the meaningful structure and ordered process of the universe would not be possible Peter L Berger a modern sociologist approaches the existence of God by suggesting empirical evidence from within an individual which he collectively refers to as Signals of Transcendence Berger points out that we as individuals have an inclination to call for ultimate order a trust that everything will be alright This in itself is a belief of something beyond natural reality On the other hand philosophers such as Ludwig Feuerbach contended that God was merely a projection of our own nature to explain phenomenon Karl Marx declared that religion was the sigh of
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