Meditations on First Philosophy

by: Rene Descartes

Third Meditation, part 3: the existence of God and the Cartesian Circle

No "proof" of the existence of God is widely accepted today, and the search for such a proof is no longer a hot philosophical topic. While there is still disagreement over whether or not God exists and what God's nature is, it is generally agreed that God's existence cannot be proved through a feat of the intellect. (For example, Kierkegaard asserted that belief in God requires a "leap of faith" rather than a rigorous proof.)