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Is seeing believing An argument for the existence of God This paper aims to demonstrate that the following argument is unsound Since all knowledge comes from sensory impressions and there are no sensory impressions of God God does not exist The conclusion of this argument is the proposition God does not exist The premises are All knowledge comes from sensory impressions and There are no sensory impressions of God The formal structure of the examined argument is as follows 1 All knowledge comes from sensory impressions 2 There are no sensory impressions of God Therefore 3 God does not exist The argument under analysis is a deductive argument The second premise of this argument is convincing However the first premise is not persuasive A deductive argument is sound when its premises are true and the conclusion is valid A valid deductive argument is that whose conclusion follows with the force of absolute logical necessity from the proposed truth of its premises Cronk 20-21 24-25 Since the conclusion of a valid argument of this sort follows necessarily from the proposed truth of its premises it is logically impossible for this argument to have true premises and a false inference Cronk 21 Therefore if the premises are true then the conclusion of this argument must be true and the argument as a whole can be considered sound On the other hand if the premises are false the argument can be considered unsound If all our knowledge would come from sensory impressions and there were any sensory impressions of God then the conclusion of this argument God does not exist would have to be incorrect The second argument is not debatable So far there have not been any proven sensory impressions of God To the contrary the first premise all knowledge comes from sensory impressions may be doubted In the history of philosophy several thinkers proposed that our knowledge cannot be restricted to the sensory
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