Argument from Desire

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info.gif Argument from Desire: An argument for the existence of God that claims that "there exists in us a desire which nothing in time, nothing on earth, no creature can satisfy" and since this desire is innate and natural, there must exist something that can satisfy this desire, namely God.

Kreeft, P., and Tacelli, R. K. (1994) Handbook of Christian Apologetics. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

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    Cook, Edward M.

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    Does Joy Lead to God?: Lewis, Beversluis, and the Argument from Desire

    "C. S. Lewis, in Mere Christianity, deals with the three theological virtues of Faith, Hope, and Charity. In the chapter on Hope, Lewis says that 'most people ... know that they do want, and want acutely, something that cannot be had in this world.' People seek for this something in the things of this world, but they invariably are disappointed...The 'Christian Way' is to recognize, according to Lewis, that 'if I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world' since 'creatures are not born with desires unless satisfaction for those desires exists.'"
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    DePoe, John M.

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    The Argument from Desire/Longing for the Existence of God

    "In his autobiography The Confessions, Saint Augustine (354-430) traces the steps in his life that led to his conversion to Christianity. In his youth, Augustine indulged in a life full of worldly pleasures. He searched for a deep sense of joy and satisfaction, although nothing could satisfy this desire. That is, nothing could satisfy his desire except a right relationship with God through Christianity. Other philosophers such as Blaise Pascal, Søren Kierkegaard, and C. S. Lewis have experienced the same type of longing for the divine that has only been satisfied by knowing God. As a result, some philosophers have argued that this sense of desiring to know God serves as evidence that God exists."
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    Dunn, Gregory

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    Jack Meets Gen X: Apologetics of Longing and the Postmodern Mood

    "My contention is that Lewis' understanding of longing is specially relevant to crafting an apologetic strategy for this generation. To this end, this paper will proceed in three parts: The first will outline the primary characteristics of so-called Generation X, noting chiefly its postmodern mood and its core experience of alienation. The second will present the fundamental elements of Lewis' apologetics of longing. The third will offer some preliminary observations on how this apologetic addresses the characteristics of this generation and provides a vital first step in its evangelization."
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    Kreeft, Peter

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    The Argument From Desire

    "Creatures are not born with desires unless satisfaction for these desires exists. A baby feels hunger; well, there is such a thing as food....If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world."
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    Lindsey, Art

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    Argument From Desire: Do our desires point to something or nothing?

    "Do our deep human desires and aspirations point toward a real fulfillment or are they inevitably doomed to frustration? Are our longings for meaning, dignity, immortality, and deep spiritual experience a dead-end street, or are these and other such aspirations destined for fulfillment? These are questions with which C. S. Lewis wrestled, as have many throughout the ages."
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    Wise, Kurt T.

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    Eternity in Their Hearts: The Argument from Joy

    "Of all the arguments for the existence of God, there is one that stands out as something more than just an argument. It is the argument from joy or desire....What is this argument? It is the contention that God has instilled in the heart of every human being a longing for immortality. Lewis used the argument from joy in several of his works...As with all arguments for the existence of God, the argument from joy has been objected to on several grounds...When these objections are met, the argument becomes a powerful tool in the hands of a skilled apologist."