The Dialogue Concerning Natural Religion Essay

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In part X in “The Dialogue Concerning Natural Religion”, Demea has been trying to explain his ontological argument to Cleanthes and Philo. They believe that Demea’s argument is pathetic. This is because Demea believes that the human existence is so pathetic, we simply have to believe in the existence of God. We have to believe, feel, and experience God’s presence to make our lives more tolerable or good willing. Demea explains our lives are always falling to the faith with religion. We tend to look forward and try to pray for “God”. Demea feels there be always a faith in God or a type of religion that soothes us from terror or torment around us.
Philo does reason with Demea’s argument. He also believes that the only way the people can see what religion is, is by trying to see the misery of men. Philo also believes that there is no need to prove what everyone feels but rather to make us feel it strongly and intimately. Many people are always determining for the truth. They all tend to have miseries, unhappiness, corruptions, and pleasure. Mankind is always stereotypical in all parts of the world. Philo says that people are draining to the “poets” writing, where they write about the feelings everyone have and how a person should be inspired by that feeling. The poets tend to believe that if they are the human life, for each person sees, feels, and touch, then will have to show it in a form of life.
Demea says Philo could not base that theory with no proof to human life. Rather…

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