Thomistic Cosmological Argument | Hellenistic Christendom

Posted: December 5, 2013 in Apologetics
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St. Thomas Aquinas (c. 1225-1274), the eponym ...

St. Thomas Aquinas (c. 1225-1274), the eponym of Thomism. Picture by Fra Angelico (c. 1395-1455). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

God as a necessary being. For the braniacs among us.

“Perhaps this argument was a bit much in terms of trying to state something simplistically[1]. Maybe this re-stated argument can be of some assistance:

  • What we observe in the universe is contingent.
  • A sequence of causally related contingent things cannot be infinite.
  • The sequence of causally dependent contingent things must be finite.
  • There must be a first cause in the sequence of contingent causes[2].

The argument basically runs as follows: We observe that things come in and out of existence – that is, they are contingent. More particularly, we notice things in the world that are capable of existing and capable of not existing. However, it is impossible for those contingent things to exist as such forever, for, anything that can fail to exist has not always existed. Since not all existents are capable of existing and not existing, there must be a necessary being – a being that cannot not exist. From this point, we are confronted with the question of whether or not this necessary being has its existence in itself or from another.” – Steve Dunn

via Thomistic Cosmological Argument | Hellenistic Christendom.

simul iustus et peccator,

Eric “waddling with wassail” Adams

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