Proofs of the existence of God have fallen on hard times. We are far from the days when Anselm could berate the Fool for his failure to see that God’s existence was inherent in the very concept of God, and even from the heyday of Aquinas’s “five ways” to prove the existence of a Creator. Anthony and I have, however, devised a new proof of the existence of God that is not only fully rigorous, but also reflects much of the thinking underlying Christian practice today — a stirring example of faith completing reason. It goes as follows:
- We see all around us that the world is awash in sinful and perverse acts.
- Now God is the only standard by which we can know these acts as sinful and perverse.
- If God did not exist, then the sinful and perverse would be completely acceptable.
- But this is absurd — and therefore God must exist.
All we need now is a catchy name like “the teleological argument” or “the argument from design.” Perhaps the “argument from homophobia”?