Weaver 1 Michelle Weaver Faith & Philosophical Enquiry PHI-110RS-ATWE Co_PHI-110-ATWE-2018SP1 Dr. DonatienCicura 25 February 2018 Saint Thomas Aquinas: Proof of the Existence of God Saint Thomas Aquinas was a theologian who wrote about proving the existence of God. There are five ways that Aquinas argues to show that God exists and I chose to write about two of those ways. The second way: “Argument from Efficient Causes” meaning that nothing in this world could have been created from itself. I interpret this as such, life wouldn’t exist if there wasn’t someone who existed before it. All beings were created from a higher power prior to having existence in the world.
To explain away this objection, Aquinas points out that “actions are of individuals, yet their first principle of action is nature, which tends to one thing” (359). Hence, though Aquinas acknowledges the half-truth of objection three, he also reveals that the last end is an ingrained piece of human nature. Due to this innate aspect of the last end, Aquinas fully discredits the notion that a universal last end is unreasonable, and instead justifies how all humans are born with the desire of the last end of
Thomas Aquinas was a Dominican priest who tries to use rational thought to give evidence to a primordial being known through most religions as God. Born sometime around the emergence of the Renaissance, there was a push to question everything and follow rational thought instead of blind faith. Despite the fact that the Catholic Church was the prime donor to the art and architecture, many people began to turn away from the religious aspects of society towards the more secular scientific part. Aquinas, trying to match the reasoning of his time, used five proofs called the Summa Theologica to provide scientific reason behind the fact that there is a God. Instead of using faith or going solely based on his beliefs, he tries to argue there has to be a God for the universe to exist.
With the help of reasoning, Aquinas could conclude God’s role in this world and in the lives of everyone. As well as reasoning, Aquinas used truth in his philosophical ideals to obtain a more asserted answer to the question, “does God exist?” and how can it be proved that he does. Aquinas presented 5 different arguments
Aquinas was able to study the way Augustine thought and develop how he could make his own determinations about what he truly believed in. The fact that Thomas Aquinas is still being used in the government of the United States as an astounding
The four gospels stems to complement one another by ways of being eyewitnesses and their shared experiences. Each uniquely conveyed Jesus as being the Son of the living God and performing many healing miracles, showing power over nature and miracles of raising the dead. No one can claim His identity or proclaim His suffering, other than Jesus himself. The gospels complement the human nature aspect of Jesus, that is, His genealogy, childhood, his suffering, death and burial, and His resurrection and ascension. Likewise, Jesus having human characteristics according to the gospels: Jesus could be touched, Jesus endured hunger, thirst, tiredness, sleepless, he was able to show compassion, as well as indignation and anger, and tears of sorrow.
The mystery of which is so high that human mind cannot comprehend it, and must accept the truth of what Jesus has said while also rejecting the absurdities, which are “unworthy of the heavenly majesty of Christ.” For my own reasoning, I find his argument thorough, although at times I was disappointed by his reliance on logic to explain why Christ cannot be two-fold, such as his discussion in the latter section of Christ’s appearance after the resurrection. It seems that Calvin has a propensity to downplay the miraculous outside of his own understanding of grace, which can come across as merely existential, although I know in fact he does not mean it this way. His reliance on the Spirit and his belief that it is an insult to Holy Spirit to refuse to accept the work that She dos in communicating the body and blood to us, is important to my pneumatological understanding. I agree with Calvin that it is of primary importance what we know how the body of Christ has been given up for us and how we partake of him by
With his resurrection, it shows the power of God. If you believe in the resurrection than you believe in God. God is the one that created this universe, our lives and can resurrect the dead. With Jesus’s resurrection is the resurrection of human beings. According to Scripture, Jesus died, was buried and rose from the grave on the third day.
Aquinas also has a tussle with Maimonides on the nature of God. When it comes to the problem of evil, Leibniz and Voltaire have their different takes on it. Aquinas also has words to share about miracles alongside the opinion of Hume. And finally Hobbes and Calvin take their standpoints on faith and reason, and where to draw the line between them. My final takeaway from all of these arguments is that I should live life using my own logic and reason, because I think that it is better to develop your own ideas on God, existence, etc.
Mies's interpretation of Thomas Aquinas's concept of truth: truth is the significance of facts The study of Thomas Aquinas concept of truth led Mies to understand that truth emanated from a 'truth relation', from a coherent and harmonious relationship between intellect and thing, subject and object.1 Indeed, Thomas Aquinas argued that the intellect and a thing were true when they conformed to each other. The intellect was true when it formulated a thought that conformed to a thing as this thing existed or had existed in external reality. On the other hand, a thing was true when it fulfilled the purpose to which it had been ordained by the intellect that had originated this thing, be this intellect human or divine; and when this thing had