existence of god

Chris Karcz 114-68-4634 Existence of God or the Lack There of Philosophers and theologians have always searched a way to prove the existence or non-existence of God. Many of these philosophers have made valid points for their views on the subject. Philosophers such as Saint Thomas Aquinas, Decartes, and John Locke argued for the existence of God while others, such as Rowe and Hume, searched for ways to disprove the arguments that these philosophers stated. Saint Thomas Aquinas had five ways in which he proved the existence of God. The first of which dealt with proving the existence of God through the idea of motion. By studying the works of Aristotle he concluded that an object in motion must be put into motion by another object or force. Therefore he stated that there must be an unmoved mover (God) who initially put things into motion: When it is said that something moves itself, the same being is considered as both moving and moved. When, however, it is said that something is moved by another, one thing is considered as a mover and another thing as being moved. Now it is clear that when something moves another, the fact that it is moving another does not mean that it is the first mover. Whence to say that something moves another does not exclude the fact that it itself may be moved by another and have from this other the fact that it is a mover. So, in like manner, when something moves itself, this does not exclude the fact that it may be moved by another and have from this other the power to move itself.(Being and God, pp.235) The second way that St. Thomas proved the existence of God was through causation of existence. In this proof he says that no object creates itself so therefore something must have created it. There then must have been an uncaused first cause (God) that started the chain of existence. St. Thomass third way of proving the existence of God was through pro…

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