God's existence can be experienced with immediate certainty

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Parent debateThis argument is used in the debate Does God exist?.
Argument forThis argument is a “pro” argument in the debate Does God exist?.
Keywords: faith, mystical experience, Mysticism, Contemplation, Art, inner certainty, God, Existence of God[ edit ].


The existence of God can be experienced directly in privileged moments when life seems full of meaning and the universe adorned with supernatural beauty. These moments belong to art and poetry, and can be experienced when listening to certain sacred music or in intense moments of love. More quietly, it can be faith experienced as self-evident that imposes itself on certain people. These subjective experiences are accompanied by a feeling of certainty and evidence that nothing can shake. The existence of such experiences raises the question: aren't they proof (not rational, but experienced) of God's existence? If not, can they be explained in a down-to-earth, even reductionist way? Where do these transcendent emotions come from?



Arguments forJustifications

  • Argument forThe certainty of faith
  • Argument forMystical experiences
  • Argument forThe experience of love
  • Argument forContemplating sacred art
  • Argument forContemplating nature

Arguments againstObjections

  • Argument againstThese are subjective experiences
  • Argument againstThese are infantile feelings that invade adult consciousness, leading it to believe in an illusory completeness.
  • Argument againstFaced with the world, we can also be subjectively certain that God doesn't exist, that everything is absurd...
  • Argument againstEven if the phenomenon has a divine origin, the deities to whom these transcendences are attributed vary.

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