Ernan asked:

What evidence exists for your deity that doesn't exist for another deity?


Trent Horn replied:

"... First I would look around at the world and see if it leads to God, and what kind of a God that is. So Aquinas, in the Summa Theologica, he shows how motion, causation, order, leads to a being that's pure act, is infinite, exists without limit, has no potential. And then he spends the rest of the Summa coming out with God's different attributes, and other arguments for God can do this as well. So if the universe came into being from nothing, the absence of space time matter or energy, this cause which we could call God as a place holder, some of his attributes he'd have to be immaterial since he created matter, and eternal or timeless since he created time.

So I would look at the [spectrum] of the deities that people believe in. So all the different gods that are there ... right off the bat I would write off the gods that are limited. If they lived on Mount Olympus or if they're on a planet or a star name Kolob ... those gods that are material, super-powered beings in the universe I have to write them off because they can't explain why physical reality exists at all.

So we'd arrive at a God who's from classical theism, infinite, perfect as the omni attributes. Then you'd have these different historical religions that believe in that namely Judaism, Christianity and Islam who believe in that kind of God. As a Catholic I would try to see has God interacted in the world through any of these religions? And the revelation of Jesus of Nazareth and the miracles associated with his life would be enough to put me in the direction of the Catholic church ..."


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Catholic Answers, "Why are you an Atheist?" (San Diego: Catholic Answers, 2014)

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Show air date: July 18, 2014

Name of show: Why are you an Atheist?

Guest comments by: Trent Horn

Question appeared in show: 1:15


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