Example of Writing Sample for CMTI Applications (*see note below)
John C. Morgan Professor Bill C. B.B.S. Program Application Essay 18 March 2012
Word Count: 555
How Can We Know That God Exists?
kind for millennia. Throughout the centuries our idea and understanding of the existence of God has evolved. For those of us who accept the biblical record as divinely inspired it becomes immediately apparent that this theistic s someone have said) has for the greater part turned for the worse. Great thinkers of the past have philosophized over this issue ad infinitum, and have only circled back to where their search began. While the atheist was content to believe in the non-existence of any god; the agnostic, unwilling to be so braggadocios touted that if God does exist, we (as finite human beings) cannot know Him. It is this notion of agnosticism that this writer is here determined to address. Thomas Huxley (1825-1895), the self-proclaimed father of agnosticism said “I invented the title of Agnostic. It came into my head as suggestively antithetic to the ‘gnostic’ of church history, who Hamilton, Mansel, Spencer etc.,) to our essay question is that we cannot know that God exists; it is beyond us. Their God is an “infinite,” “unknowable,” “unthinkable,” “inscrutable,” “unrelated,” “unconditioned,” “impersonal,” “absolute,” somewhat “without activity,” “without morality,” and “without personality” (Hills 51). Are they correct? Is man so lowly and so utterly unable and unequipped to find out God?
Can we know Him, or has agnosticism sounded the death knell at the demise of Christianity? To this we answer nay, that we should entertain such thought is unthinkable. Christian theologians have in no small part have aided our understanding of how we relate to God and how we come to know Him. Theologian R Hodge says, Knowledge is the perception of truth. Whatever the mind perceives, whether intuitively or discursively to be true, that it knows. We have immediate knowledge of all the facts of consciousness; and with regard to other matters, some we can demonstrate, some we can prove analogically, some we must admit or involve ourselves in contradictions and absurdities. (Hodge 277) This knowledge of God is possible only because God has chosen to disclose himself to us, and without this divine self-disclosure we would be completely bereft of any hope of any knowledge of God. While we agree with the agnostic that God cannot be fully known, we insist he may be partially knowing refutation. How do we know that God must be such, if there is a God? In whatever way we know this; we know at least that much of God that he must be the Absolute, the (Boyce 12). It only seems logical then that the God who seeks fellowship with His creation would take the initiative in revealing himself in various modes in order that we may successfully know him.
Boyce, James Petigru. Abstract of Systematic Theology. (1887) .PDF file. Hills, A.M. Fundamentals of Systematic Theology. Holiness Data Ministry. Warren Haskell. (2003). PDF file. Hodge, Charles Horton, .Systematic Theology Vol.1. Grand Rapids, MI: Christian Classics Ethereal Library. (2005). PDF file. Horton, Stanley (ed.) et al. Systematic Theology. Rev. Ed. Gospel Publishing House. Springfield, MO. (1995) Print.
Note concerning the example above: The example above was graciously provided by BBS student John C. Morgan. Note that this example is intended only to illustrate the depth, breadth, and format expected of students applying to CEM MISSIONARY AND THEOLOGICAL INSTITUTE AKA CEM MISSIONARY AND THEOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY Your writing sample should look very similar to this example, especially in terms of correct MLA formatting (in-text citations and Works Cited). However, remember that CMTI is fully nondenominational. You are, whatever perspective and manner of Christian faith you may hold and follow.