When people think of proofs for God’s existence, their minds usually leap to Thomas Aquinas’s five proofs. Beautiful as his proofs are, they were written for a different age, which valued philosophy in a way our current age simply doesn’t. Our modern age is all about science and feeling (Feeling being for morality, and science being for everything else.), so it is along those lines that argument is best conducted. Many of the philosophical arguments transfer to science, but very few transfer over to feeling. This can make arguing morality and God’s existence a real pain. What arguments can be made to appeal to the modern mind, therefore, should be drawn out, well honed, and kept constantly ready to use.
This brings us to one of the greatest visible differences between us and the animals, our profound appreciation of beauty. Why is it that we are drawn to spend enormous amounts of time and money in the pursuit of beauty? Universally, as soon as a culture becomes even remotely prosperous, they immediately begin to beautify things. Often, all we have of early cultures is their art. Man, even from his earliest beginnings, has yearned for beauty.
What material benefit does this confer? Why don’t we spend our time building things for pure efficiency?
Richard Dawkins, in attempting to counter this argument, claims that many animals are interested in beauty too. He argues that many animals look for mates with brilliant colors. However, often these colors on animals are directly correlated to a balance of hormones within the animal. In essence, the beauty is for use, and not art per se. What it does indicate, though, is a Designer with a great appreciation for beauty.
By Henry B.
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