The Argument From Trauma

C.S. Lewis has an argument for the existence of God known as the argument from nostalgia. Alvin Plantinga sums up the argument with, “Lewis speaks of the nostalgia that often engulfs us upon beholding a splendid land or seascape; these somehow speak to us of their maker. Not sure just what the argument is; but suspect there is one there (for God).”

If nostalgia counts as evidence for the existence of God, then why doesn’t trauma count as evidence against the existence of God? If trauma doesn’t count as evidence against the existence of God, then why does nostalgia get the honor of counting as evidence for the existence of God?

If naturalism is true, it is not surprising that trauma exists because nature doesn’t care about us, and we are finite beings with brains that are capable of being damaged. On theism, however, we would expect God would want to ease our trauma, and God could have made our mind in such a way where it wasn’t exposed to trauma.

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