Anthropological Argument for the Existence of God

And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their pre-appointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also His offspring.’  Therefore, since we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, something shaped by art and man’s devising. Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent,”  – Acts 17: 26 – 30

The Anthropological Argument is derived from the term “anthropos” meaning “man” in Greek

  • This argument, like all of the Causal Arguments is based on the Law of Cause and Effect
  • For every Effect, there must be a Cause

Since Man is a moral and intellectual being, he must have had a Maker Who is also a moral and intellectual Being

Man’s moral nature, religious instincts, conscience, and emotional nature argue for the existence of God

Look at the immaterial parts of humanity as proof of God’s existence

  • Since Man is rational, our Cause must be rational
  • Since Man is moral, our Cause must be moral
  • Since Man is aesthetic, our Cause must be aesthetic

When you take all of the great qualities of Mankind together, the character of God can be pieced together and begins to shine through 1

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Notes:

  1. Charles Ryrie, Ryrie Study Bible; section on the Doctrine of God (1985), Dave Reid, Christian Evidences course as taught at Emmaus Bible College (1986)