Argument from consciousness
The argument from consciousness is an argument for the existence of God based on the problems consciousness poses for the atheistic worldview. The best-known defender of the argument from consciousness is the Christian apologist J.P. Moreland. See: Atheism and consciousness
John Piippo summarizes Moreland's argument from consciousness thusly:
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Other explanation of the argument from consciousness:
- Nature consists of a finite number of elements.
- We (our physical bodies) consist of those elements.
- The elements themselves which we consist of, and nature itself, have no consciousness.
- Despite our elements themselves having no consciousness, we do.
- Consciousness could not originate through blind natural forces, therefore there must be a being who supply that to us.
- Infinite regress of beings is illogical, therefore a single, uncaused causer must be the causer of consciousness.
- This uncaused causer of the conscience is God
- 1 Professor John Piippo on the argument from consciousnes
- 2 British ex-atheist Anthony Flew on the argument from consciousness
- 3 Atheists on the problem of consciousness
- 4 Scientific American quote of physicist Marcelo Gleisler on atheism and consciousness
- 5 Objections to the argument from consciousness
- 6 See also
- 7 External links
- 8 Notes
Professor John Piippo on the argument from consciousnes
- The Argument from Consciousness for the Existence of God by John Piippo
- Consciousness: One of Atheism's Irresolvable Problems by John Piippo
British ex-atheist Anthony Flew on the argument from consciousness
Atheists on the problem of consciousness
- The atheist Sam Harris on the problem of consciousness for an atheistic worldview
- Atheist Luke Muehlhauser on human consciousness
- Atheist John Horgan on consciousness
Scientific American quote of physicist Marcelo Gleisler on atheism and consciousness
Objections to the argument from consciousness
- Infinite regress is allowable both in modern mathematics and physics.
- The previous point (that the uncaused causer is God) is unsupported unless it is taken as a statement of definition. If this is the case, the prior arguments are unnecessary.
- Arguments for the existence of God
- Atheism and the brain
- Atheism and reason
- Atheism and critical thinking
- Atheism and knowledge
- Atheism and irrationality
- Atheism and logic
- Faith and reason
- Atheism and transhumanism
- Atheism and intelligence
- How Consciousness Points to the Existence of God - Cold-Case Christianity with J. Warner Wallace