Author(s)

Walter DavisFollow

Date

3-2017

Department

School of Divinity

Degree

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Chair

Daniel R Mitchell

Keywords

Aesthetics, Beauty, Darwinism, God's Existence, Naturalism, Supernaturalism

Disciplines

Biblical Studies | Comparative Methodologies and Theories | Other Religion | Religion | Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion

Abstract

This work presents a theistic argument for the existence of God based on man’s ability to apprehend, aesthetic value. The argument is called the Aesthetic Theistic Argument. Man’s ability to appreciate aesthetic value is unique among biological life forms and is common to every human culture. Explaining the origins of this ability implies a creator/designer who also apprehends aesthetic value. The study both affirms the argument for theism and critiques the philosophical and scientific foundations of Darwinian naturalism. The result of this study affirms the cause for man’s capacity to apprehend aesthetic value is best explained by the existence of God as revealed in Holy Scriptures and the person of the Lord Jesus.