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Can We Know God’s Existence with Certainty?

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The Catholic Church makes some bold claims about what can be known about God via unaided reason. The First Vatican Council teaches: "The same Holy mother Church holds and teaches that God, the source and end of all things, can be known with certainty from the consideration of created things, by the natural power of human reason…   If anyone says that the one, true God, our creator and lord, cannot be known with certainty from the things that have been made, by the natural light of human reason: let him be anathema." In Humani Generis, Pope Pius XII reaffirmed this teaching and made clear what were in his view the specific... Read More

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