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Essay heading: "Our sense of goodness presupposes the existence of God". Analyse and evaluate this claim with reference to the moral argument for the existence of God.
 
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Here, there is the difficulty that the universe may not be fair, this being the case the postulates are not needed. Kant's other assumption is that everybody's aim is achieve summum bonum, but it would be wrong to assume that everybody has the same goals in life. We can summarise Kant's argument into three different stages, firstly; morality demands us to aim for the highest good, secondly; we cannot attain this unless there is a God to assist us, and lastly; God must exist to ensure that we achieve that which we are duty bound to do...
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If you were to share Kant's assumptions, it would become necessary to assume that there is a God. Although Kant's argument is indeed notable, there are a number of criticisms. Firstly, it does not prove the God of classical theism, for if summum bonum can be achieved by humans, then it means that not only God can, and he is not omnipotent...
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