Disproving Descart's Existence of God.

Essay by Chelsea2310High School, 10th gradeA+, October 2003

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Seventeenth century philosopher René Descartes was a rational thinker. He sought to prove theories using only reason because he viewed the senses as unreliable. While many other philosophical thinkers of the seventeenth century were using both reason and the senses to prove their theories, Descartes' rationalist mind lead him to prove the existence of God through reason alone. His thoughts resulted in a chain of causation that begins with the existence of himself and ends with the existence of God. However, many atheists (who do not believe in the existence of God) question the validity of Descartes' reasoning. Even those who do believe that God exists can find weaknesses in Descartes' arguments and often do not base their belief in God on Descartes' "Meditation on First Philosophy." I believe that Descartes' conclusion that God exists is weak and does not prove the existence of God to either atheists or Christians.

However, I will attempt to disprove my thesis by presenting Descartes' chain of rational thoughts that lead him to believe in the existence of God, and then I will offer my own attempt to disprove Descartes as I argue that the existence of God cannot be proven by using his chain of causation in "Meditation on First Philosophy."

The basis of Descartes' "Meditation One: Concerning Those Things That Can Be Called into Doubt" is his uncertainty that everything he once believed to be true and existing is actually false and does not exist. Descartes comes to believe that if he has any reason at all to doubt something, than he is to reject it and believe that it does not exist. Descartes disregards his senses because he believes that if they have ever deceived him (even once), than he has no way to prove that they are not deceiving him...