DOES GOD EXIST?
INTERMEDIATE COURSE

QUESTIONS FOR LESSON 1

THE COSMOS:  A PROOF OF GODíS EXISTENCE

Note to Student:  Please answer the following questions to be graded.  These questions are designed to make you think.  If you get stuck and cannot answer some of the questions, just leave them blank and we will fill them in for you.

  1. Why is the quoting of biblical passages not a productive method of convincing a skeptic about the existence of God?
  2. This course deals with evidence. Why is a philosophy that ignores evidence of minimal usefulness in answering questions about Truth?
  3. Why is it necessary for the atheist to maintain that we had no beginning?
  4. Why is it necessary for the atheist to maintain that matter is uncaused?
  5. A law of physics says that matter tends to move to a state of disorder or randomness in a closed system with the passage of time.  If the universe had always been, would matter still have order?  [    ] Yes or [    ] No.
  6. Explain your answer to question 5.
  7. Give two evidences shown in the lesson which suggest that we had a beginning (answers 7 & 8).

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  10. Why is it logically difficult to believe that something can come from nothing?
  11. What evidence do we have that the cosmos does not expand, collapse, re-expand and re-collapse in an oscillating manner for eternity?

Optional Thinking Question:

An atheist might answer these arguments by saying "Where did God come from?" If you say "God has always been," the atheist will say "Why is it any more reasonable to believe that God has always been than to say that matter/energy has always been?" How would you answer that question?


Please add any questions on this course of study that have not been answered so we can take care of any remaining ideas that are not clear in your mind.

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10/13/2009