Do we have a good reason to believe in existence of a "higher power"?Speaks of Transcendentalism

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We do not have good reasons to believe in something

transcendental. Most of the arguments in favor of God, or a

so-called 'higher power' are based on faith and emotion, and not

a clear logical argument. In fact, these arguments are often in

favor of throwing logic out the window. In many ways, this

question is similar to someone attempting to prove the existence

of an invisible elephant. It is far easier to prove that the

elephant does not exist than it is to prove that it does.

Socrates' principle of examination states that we must

carefully examine all things. The tools we humans use to do this

are logic and the scientific method. In order to believe in

something transcendental, you cannot examine your beliefs using

logic and science. If you do, there is no way to prove the

existence of a higher power.

The primary argument against the existence of a Judeo-Christian

all-knowing, all-powerful, righteous God is the argument from

evil. This argument argues against the presence of a higher

power using facts of ordinary life. This argument states that

most would agree that some of the pain and suffering (evil) in

this world is unnecessary. To be considered a necessary evil,

the occurrence must be the only way to produce something good,

which outweighs the evil. Many events, such as infant deaths,

would not be classified in this category.

If such an all-knowing deity existed, it states, He would know

that this evil was occurring. If He was all-powerful, He would

have the power to stop this evil. If He was righteous, He would

stop the evil from occurring Therefore, the existence of evil

cannot be compatible with the existence of this type of God.

The primary response to the argument from evil is the...