Sunday, November 10, 2013

Reference to God is a logical consequence

In all the world’s civilizations and during all the historical epochs people have endeavoured to find the truth, the philosophical truths of our world. The philosophical questions resulted in the theology we have today. A good example is that of the ancient Greeks.

“In ancient Greece, reference to God is a logical consequence of the observation of the world. When we observe the world, we ascertain that everything that exists follows a logical series and order. Nothing is chance or arbitrary. And so we are obliged to accept that even the origin of the world itself must be a logical result; that is, the world is a result of a concrete cause. This First Cause of Principle of the world we call God.
We are unable to know what this First Cause or Principle of the world is. But we can derive with our reasoning a few conclusions about the properties (characteristics) which it must have: To be a First Cause means that it does not owe its own existence to something prior to itself and, consequently we must assume it to be its own cause, the cause both of itself and of everything that exists”[1].

[1] Yannaras, Christos, Elements of Faith – An Introduction to Orthodox Theology, (Edinburgh, T&T Clark, 1991), p.6

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