Augustine Vs Aquinas Argument

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The two proofs I am going to compare are Augustine’s argument for God’s existence and Aquinas’ 5 Ways argument for God’s existence. I don’t think either of them prove that God exists, but I think Aquinas’ argument is more effective than Augustine’s. Aquinas covers many different reasons why God exits but not all of them are as good as each other. The arguments about there had to be something that started the movement of the universe and everything in it has a good point that there almost had to be one thing that started all the movement. However, the argument about things could be different but not everything isn’t really a true statement because everything could be completely different we just might not have the ability to think about everything …show more content…
Over time creatures could develop the realization of needing to do stuff to survive which gives them a purpose but that doesn’t mean some god had to give them that purpose they just realized it because if they weren’t doing these certain things then others were dying and figured they had to do it. If it isn’t something that is an animal but has a purpose it doesn’t know that purpose because it can’t think so there would be no point in a god making that purpose because that object can’t decide if it is going to fulfill that purpose or not it just depends on what happens around it to determine if it fulfill its purpose. The last part of Aquinas’ 5 ways that doesn’t work is that it is talking about good and bad which is determined only by the person talking. There is no certain good or bad to where you can put it on a scale and say that some things are good while others are bad. If we think an animal is bad for killing another animal, it would see it as good most likely because the reason it killed the other animal is to get food so it could survive. So, there isn’t a way to scale good and bad therefore there is no absolute good which is what Aquinas is saying that god …show more content…
He bases it off of the idea that there is nothing superior to God or there is nothing superior to the Truth in which God is Truth. But we have no way of nothing what is superior to something else. We might look at something and think we are superior to it while if we saw the situation from it’s side we would see that it is superior to us it is just not showing that it is making us think we are superior. So, we have no way of knowing what is superior to something else. It also runs into the same problem with the good and bad argument that there is not universal superiority that we know of. We have an idea of what superiority is, but we could be completely wrong in that idea and therefor not know what is superior to something else at all. So, we have no way of scaling superiority there for no way of knowing if there is something superior to all else. Even if we did have some way to scale all things universal on a superiority scale just because something is more superior than everything else doesn’t mean that thing is God. We might look at it like it is a god because there is nothing superior to it but it doesn’t mean it is God the way we think of and see God. Augustine also talks about Truth is superior to us but again we don’t know how to scale superiority and how we could scale both us and Truth on the same scale of superiority when there is almost nothing that is in common with humans

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