1 Main Features of Catholic upbringing & how it may
lead to belief in God
1.1 Parents teach their children to pray to God
1.1.1 Catholics pray to God, so they will believe that
God exists because their parents would not
waste their time praying to nothing
1.2 Parents take their children to Mass where
they learn to worship God.
1.2.1 Seeing so many people worshipping God when they go
to Mass will make them believe that God exists.
1.3 Parents teach their Children to Believe in God.
1.3.1 Their Catholic parents will have told them about
God and they will believe their parents.
1.4 Parents send their children to a Catholic school
1.4.1 They will be taught that Good exists when
they go to school, and will believe it
because their teachers tell them its true.
2 How religious experience may lead to
belief in God
2.1 Religious experience makes people feel that God is real,
and so he must exist.
2.2 People experience God in the numinous, conversion, miracles
and answered prayers.
2.3 Religious experience is something which makes
people feel God's presence.
3 The argument from deisgn and belief in
3.1 The universe seems to be designed due to plenty of evidence (laws of
science such as gravity and magnetism; DNA being a blueprint for life, etc.)
3.2 Anything that is designed must have a designer
3.3 God must therefore exist because only God exist
because only God could have designed the universe.
4 The argument from causation and belief in
4.1 The way everything seems to have a cause makes
people think that the universe must have a cause
4.2 The only possible cause for the universe is God
4.3 Therefore God must
5 Scientific exlanations of the world and
agnosticism and atheism
5.1 Science says that matter is eternal and that the universe began when
this matter exploded. the solar system came out of the explosion and
the nature of the Earth allowed life to develop through evolution
6 How Catholics respond to scientific
explanations of the world
6.1 Many Catholics accept the scientific explanations but believe
they show that God created the universe through the Big Bang
6.2 Some Catholics believe that both science and the Bible are
true because one of God's days could be billions of years.
7 Why unanswered prayers may lead to
agnosticism or atheism
7.1 If people do not feel God's presence when they pray, or if people pray for good
things, but their prayers are not answered, they may start to doubt God's
existence.If God does not answer prayers, how do you know he exists?
8 How Catholics respond to unanswered
8.1 if you pray for selfish things then he will let you fail
so you word harder next time.
8.2 Your prayer may not be answered in the way you
expect because God has different plans.
8.3 Just like a human parent, God may
answer our prayers by giving us what
we need rather than what we want.
8.4 Catholics believe that God loves people and so they believe
God's love will answer their prayers in the best possible
way, even though it may not look like a direct answer.
9 How evil and suffering cause people to question
or reject belief in God
9.1 If God is omnipotent, he must be able to remove
all evil and suffering from the world.
9.2 If God is omni-benevolent, he
must want to remove evil
and suffering from the world.
9.3 It follows that, if God exists.
there should be no evil or
suffering in the world.
9.4 As there is evil and suffering in the world, either
God is not all-good and powerful or he does not
10 How Catholics respond to the
problem of evil and suffering
10.1 Praying for those in need.
10.2 Helping those who suffer.
10.3 Claiming that evil and suffering are the fault of
humans misusing their free will.
10.4 Claiming that evil and suffereng are part of a test
to prepare people for heaven.
10.5 Claiming that God has a reason for allowing
evil and suffering, but humans are too limited
to understand it.