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The Common consent Argument

  1. Belief in God ————- that Being to whom reverence and worship are properly due —— is common to almost all people of every era.
  2. Either the vast majority of people have been wrong about this most profound element of their lives or they have not.
  3. It is more plausible to believe that they have not.
  4. Therefore, it is more plausible to believe that God exists.

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The capacity for reverence and worship certainly seems to belong to us by nature. And it is hard to believe that this natural capacity can never, in the nature of things, be fulfilled, especially when so many testify that it has been. True enough, it is conceivable that this side of our nature is doomed to frustration; it is thinkable that those millions upon millions who claim to have found the Holy One who is worthy of reverence and worship were deluded. But is it likely?

It seems far more likely that those who “refuse” to believe are the ones suffering from deprivation and delusion ——- like the tone-deaf person who denies the existence of music, or the frightened tenant who tells herself she doesn’t hear cries of terror and distress coming from the street below and, when her children awaken to the sounds and ask her, “Why is that lady screaming, Mommy?” tells them ” Nobody’s screaming: it’s just the wind, that’s all. Go back to sleep.”

Source: Handbook of Catholic Apologetics

pp. 89-90

By: Peter kreeft, Ronald K. Tacelli.

 

 

 

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