Aquinas – the cosmological argument for the existance of God

Aquinas - the cosmological argument for the existence of God

The cosmological argument stems from the idea that the world and everything that is in it is dependent on something other than itself for its existence.  Even though the world may appear to be self-perpetuating, it is necessary to understand the source. Before Thomas Aquinas, both Plato and Aristotle too argued that something could not come from nothing.  There has to be something, which exists to cause a movement.  The three major arguments put forth by Aquinas known as the Cosmological Argument will be discussed here. In his work, Summa Theologica Thomas Aquinas offered five 'proofs' for the existence of God. The first argument was the Argument of Motion. Aquinas’s argument has to be understood keeping in mind Aristotle’s discussion of Astronomy. Aristotle argued that the planetary position, which causes the seasons to change, requires an unmoved mover to maintain the order of things. Aquinas’ argument was based on this very premise that without God the heaven and earth would not exist. This implies that any event in the universe is the result of some cause.
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