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God, proof of
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1. Definition, types, and religio-cultural significance

By a proof of God, we mean a purely rational proof of the existence of God, without appeal to authorities (e.g. religious authorities) as sources of knowledge. The tradition of proofs of God goes back in Western thought to Plato and Aristotle; it reached an initial high point in medieval scholasticism in the so-called quinque viae (“five ways”) of Thomas …

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Enders, Markus, “God, proof of”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 29 November 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_020354>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180915

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