Twenty arguments for God

Update: Since I have recently come to accept, at least tentatively, the existence of some kind of God, this project of examining various “proofs” of the same is now on the back burner. I do still intend to return to it occasionally, though, and — eventually — to finish evaluating all 20 arguments.


In their Handbook of Christian Apologetics, Peter Kreeft and Ronald K. Tacelli bring together and summarize 20 different arguments for the existence of God. Going through that list and examining each of the arguments in turn is an ongoing project at this blog.

For the reader’s convenience, this page links to each of K & T’s original arguments and to the commentaries and critiques I’ve written so far. It will be continually updated as I make my way through the list.

  1. The Argument from Change and my critique
  2. The Argument from Efficient Causality and my critique
  3. The Argument from Time and Contingency and my critique
  4. The Argument from Degrees of Perfection and my critique
  5. The Design Argument and my critique
  6. The Kalam Argument and my critique
  7. The Argument from Contingency
  8. The Argument from the World as an Interacting Whole
  9. The Argument from Miracles
  10. The Argument from Consciousness
  11. The Argument from Truth
  12. The Argument from the Origin of the Idea of God
  13. The Ontological Argument
  14. The Moral Argument
  15. The Argument from Conscience
  16. The Argument from Desire and my critique
  17. The Argument from Aesthetic Experience (not really an argument) and my critique (not really a critique)
  18. The Argument from Religious Experience
  19. The Common Consent Argument
  20. Pascal’s Wager

Note: Chrstphre Campbell, a regular commenter at this blog, has his own analysis and critique of this list of arguments, which you can read here.

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6 responses to “Twenty arguments for God

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  3. That’s some task! 🙂

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  5. Robin

    I know not whether the update above is truly recent or if it has been there for awhile, but I haven’t seen it before. Perhaps I just missed it or didn’t link through this page. At any rate, I want to congratulate you on your (tentative) acceptance of some sort of higher power. I’m certain that it means a lot, and it’s inspiring to see someone take such a meaningful step in their life.

    I, too, am chipping away at these arguments and others. Life doesn’t seem to leave a great deal of time for such exhaustive contemplation. I am glad this site(s?) exists, and I think it provides a valuable opportunity to exchange thoughts and ideas on these arguments and proofs. I’ll be kicking around and exploring, and hopefully adding to the discussion in the process. Anyways, thanks for pursuing the possibilities.

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