Philosophy and Belief in God Matching Activity

Match the following to the philosophies and descriptions below.  Use each item only once.

a. St. Anselm

b. Gaunilo

c. St. Thomas Aquinas

d. Julian of Norwich

e. Rene Descartes

f. Gottfried Wilhelm, Baron von Liebniz

g. David Hume

h. Immanuel Kant

i. John Henry Newman

j. Soren Kierkegaard

k. Friedrich Nietzsche

l. William James

m. Mary Daly

n. Alvin Plantinga

o. Theodicy

p. Big Bang

q. Vienna Circle

r. monads

s. leap of faith

t. Reduction proof

Answer Philosophy/Description
g 1. God’s existence cannot be proved but must be assumed.
d 2. We learn about God by learning about ourselves.
i 3. The experience of conscience is proof of God’s existence.
r 4. Leibniz’s reference to basic elements of the universe
m 5. Feminist critic of traditional philosophies of God
t 6. A philosophy that, if rejected, would create an absurdity.
a 7. Developer of the ontological argument
p 8. The universe is an explosion.
g 9. Critic of teleological and cosmological arguments
o 10. Defense of God’s goodness and all-powerfulness
l 11. One loses nothing by believing in God if He does not exist.
c 12. Creator of the Five Ways of proving God’s existence
b 13. A critic of the ontological argument
k 14.  “God is dead” means there is no rational order.
f 15. Developer of an effective cosmological argument
q 16. Philosophers and scientists who supported logical positivism
n 17. Theists may accept the existence of God as a “basic belief.”
s 18. A passionate, nonintellectual commitment
j 19. Truth is subjective.
e 20. Developed three proofs of God


Bruder, K., & Moore, B. N. (2002). Philosophy: The power of ideas (6th ed.). Boston: McGraw-Hill Higher Education.


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