Belief in god may also provide believers with a unifying framework that lends itself to confidence in the existence of purpose, whereas alternatives can be naturally more fragmented, leading to the possibility of conflicting goals and aims that can lead to an existential crisis (emmons 2005:738. Not that we believe god does exist, but we think that the real problem is not that of his existence what man needs is to find himself again and to understand that nothing can save him from himself, not even a valid proof of the existence of god in this sense existentialism is optimistic it is a doctrine of action, and it is only by self. Existentialism (/ ˌ ɛ ɡ z ɪ ˈ s t ɛ n ʃ əl ɪ z əm /) is a tradition of philosophical inquiry associated mainly with certain 19th and 20th-century european philosophers who, despite profound doctrinal differences, shared the belief that philosophical thinking begins with the human subject—not merely the thinking subject, but the. Kierkegaard on god and the origins of existentialism in ‘existentialism is a humanism’, the celebrated existentialist jean-paul sartre defines existentialism as characterized by the belief that the human existence comes before its essence. The origins of existential thought are typically traced to soren kierkegaard, a christian theologian (hoffman, 2009a), yet existentialism is commonly misperceived as being antithetical to religion and the idea of god.
But i do recommend existential reasons for belief in god, which lays out the simple argument very nicely williams is a very clear writer, and he uses an easygoing style in this book that is a far cry from the clipped precisionism of much contemporary philosophy. The thesis of clifford williams’ book, existential reasons for belief in god: a defense of desires and emotions for faith, is that the best way to acquire and maintain faith in god is through reason and need  faith may be based on either reason or need, but one without the other will ultimately be found lacking. Søren aabye kierkegaard (b 1813, d 1855) was a profound and prolific writer in the danish “golden age” of intellectual and artistic activity.
By nominis expers existentialism can be divided into two basic camps: theistic existentialism, affirming a belief in the existence of god, and atheistic existentialism, as the name indicates, denying the sameexistentialism in general has been described as the attempt to philosophize from the standpoint of the actor rather than from that of a detached spectator. Not that we believe god does exist, but we think that the real problem is not that of god’s existence — what man needs is to find himself again and to understand that nothing can save him from himself, not even a valid proof of the existence of god” (sartre, 1946. Existentialism is a philosophical way of talking it sees humans, with will and consciousness , as being in a world of objects which do not have those qualities the fact that humans are conscious of their mortality, and must make decisions about their life is what existentialism is all about.
It does make sense that existentialism would find its roots in christianity because of christianity’s emphasis on experience and having a personal relationship with god christianity is more than a philosophy, but a way of life. According to the philosopher william l rowe, agnosticism is the view that human reason is incapable of providing sufficient rational grounds to justify either the belief that god exists or the belief that god does not exist. Belief is a denial of truth, belief hinders truth to believe in god is not to find god neither the believer nor the non-believer will find god because reality is the unknown, and your belief or non-belief in the unknown is merely a self-projection and therefore not real. Existentialism seemed to be the best philosophy for getting at the problems of men caught up in swift-moving change (milton d hunnex, existentialism and christian belief, chicago: moody press, 1969, pp 13, 14.
Miguel de unamuno, a spanish philosopher, wrote, 'it is the ardent longing that there may be a god that leads us to believe in him,' this quote captures the essence of the existential argument for believing in god. Concise and straightforward evidence answering the question, 'is there a god' written by a former atheist, this article gives you six clear reasons to conclude that god exists is there a god does god exist here are six straightforward reasons to believe that god is really there god does not force us to believe in him, though he. Jean-paul sartre originally defined the word existentialism, and applied it to lots of people who never knew they were existentialists and who held a range of conflicting ideas on a variety of topics, the existence of god being one such debated topic. Foucault's embrace of a certain concept of freedom, and his exploration of the “care of the self,” recall debates within existentialism, as does derrida's recent work on religion without god and his reflections on the concepts of death, choice, and responsibility.
The first three chapters introduce the thesis of the work, outline the nature (and identity) of existential needs that justify belief in god, and detail the existential argument for belief in god the next four chapters consider four major objections to his existential argument. Existentialism and humanism was first presented as a public lecture at the club maintenant in paris in october 1945 this was a time of great intellectual ferment and guarded optimism: paris had been liberated from the nazi occupation and reprisals against collaborators were being meted out. His book, god according to god, a scientist proves we've been wrong about god all along, was published in may 2009 with harperone and has enthusiastic endorsements by leading theologians, both.