Socrates And Euthyphro's View On The Will Of God
Then he argues that these quarrels raise the question of which of the different and conflicting things that the gods hold dear is truly just, and thereby he seeks to show that the question of justice is more fundamental than that of what the gods hold dear. The ultimate outcome brought forth by Socrates is the fact that Euthyphro cannot presume to know plainly the will of the gods. This argument can then be applied to the issue of whether one's belief in God is based on faith or reason. The point being more to the fact that belief, for any individual, as said before, is based on his or her own reasoning. It cannot be codified or institutionalized but must be what it is. To return to modern philosopher John Searle, as he tells in a recent interview of a dinner party he attended where Bertrand Russell was the guest of honor. Searle says: "So we asked him, 'What would happen if you were wrong about the existence of God? What would you say to Him? That is, suppose you died and you went to heaven and there you were …show more content…
There simply is not enough evidence. Searle adds, "On the available evidence we have about how the world works, we have to say that we're
alone, there is no God, we don't have a cosmic friend, we're on our own. I might be wrong about that, but on the available evidence, that's the situation we're in" (39). Therefore, humanity has before it a number of equally valid reasons for their belief in God.
And, as is the case with virtually all intellectual pursuits of humanity but especially religion and politics, the goal becomes for one human to validate to another that his or her reasons are of greater validity than those proffered
It's important to keep in mind the fact that faith is an attitude of the entire self. Faith, which includes both will and intellect, is directed toward a person, an idea, or-as in the case of religious faith-a divine being. Modern
theologians agree in emphasizing this total existential character of faith, thus distinguishing it from the popular conception of faith that identifies it with belief as opposed to knowledge. Faith indeed includes belief but goes far beyond it, and in