Existential Reasons for Believing in God

By Clifford Williams Christian apologetics typically employs evidential arguments to justify believing in God. Without undermining the importance of such arguments, I want to advocate for existential arguments for believing in God. An existential argument does not give evidence for thinking that God exists, that is, for thinking that “God exists” is true, but states that believing in God is justified because it satisfies certain needs. A person who is convinced of an existential argument says, “I believe because I am satisfied when I do.” A person who is convinced of an evidential argument says, “I believe because there is a good reason to do so,” where “good reason” consists of true statements from which one can infer that God exists.

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