St. Thomas Aquinas's Argument Analysis

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1. God is said to be omnibenevolent, omniscient, and omnipotent. Many arguments have attempted to prove the existence of God and in my opinion, none of the arguments succeed in actually proving the existence of such a god. However, there is one argument that, if it worked, would be the best in proving the existence of God which is Saint Thomas Aquinas’s argument. Aquinas tries to prove God’s existence in five ways with the first being the argument from motion. He points out that everything was set in motion by something else. He claims that it is impossible to go on infinitely because there has to have been a “First Mover” that did not require anything to set it in motion. Aquinas claims that God is the First Mover and did not need to be set in motion by…show more content…
This tries to prove God’s existence by saying that all natural things were created for a purpose by an intelligent designer; this is much like Paley’s Teleological Argument. This argument does not work because it does not prove that the intelligent designer of natural things must be God. Overall, Aquinas’s argument fails to fulfil its only purpose: prove that God exists. If an argument cannot prove that God is all knowing, all good, and all powerful, then it does not prove the existence of a god at all. Another main reason why this argument and many other arguments for God’s existence does not work is because of the problem of evil. The problem of evil can be stated with just one question: if God is omnibenevolent, why does evil exist? Aquinas tried to explain this by saying that because God is all good, he allows evil in the world to produce something good out of it. This explanation is confusing and raises more questions than it answers. If God is omnibenevolent, why did he let the evils of the Holocaust to occur? What good was produced from the genocide of millions of
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