St. Thomas Aquinas Arguments For God's Existence

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To me God cannot be put into a definition, or at least one that can be put into words. He is an all-knowing presence that exists all around us. God can have several different names and everyone has different beliefs and religions about there own specific God. Muslims have Allah, Buddhists have Buddha, Catholics have God, and Christians have God. I personally believe God to be a higher power, a spirit within us allowing us to have a distinction between right and wrong, giving us guidance and support when we need it. He is the ruler of our world and allows things to happen when needed. Some people believe that the world is just a world full of coincidences and a series of events unrelated to each other with no bigger plan in the end. They believe …show more content…
St. Thomas Aquinas argues for God’s existence with five main points; argument from causality, argument from necessity, argument from design, and argument of gradation. He reflects on God’s existence using natural reasoning. He states that if all things are in motion, as clearly stated within laws of science, that there must have been a prime mover and that if every cause has an effect there must have been a first cause, if all beings are possible who began us, if the world needs an original designer then who was both intelligent and purposeful designer, if there are ideas of better or worse than god must be the greatest good. Then you have Blaise Pascal who argues with the heart stating that there is no clear evidence but logically there is nothing to loose by believing in God because if there is no infinite reward and you believe then you are way better off than if there is an infinite and you aren’t able to make it. He states that if you gamble, then you should always gamble with God. I like this argument a lot because it is very strong when fighting for your life, weather it is in war or in a hospital, “There are no atheist in a fox hole”, and when it comes down to struggling for your life you will always choose to believe that there is something higher even it is just for comfort. I personally reside most with Immaneul Kant who argues through will, and how every one has a conscience with a set of …show more content…
But theology can also be explained in several ways and everyone has a different answer or definition of what it is. According to the definition online it is the study of the nature of God and religious belief, but as I stated before I think that this definition can fluctuate depending on which religion you are studying and the person you are talking too. I believe that theology is the study of God and the moral grounds he teaches, trying to better my life by doing what God would want me to do and to get a better understanding of the bible. Or as stated in our book, “theology is that this discipline entails discourse about, or study of God.” The word theology itself can be broken down into the Greek words logos meaning the study of god and theos meaning God making the word theology “the word about God”. There are several various perspective in Theology; Neo-Scholasticism, Process Theology, Biblically-based theology, Ecumenical theology, Liberation theology, Black theology, Feminist theology, and Ecotheology. These are the seven main perspectives within the huge topic of theology. Neo-Scholasticism was more of a philosophical teaching also known as Thomism dealing with the adherence to a classical and deductive thinking by natural law and reasoning and is the least studied today. The biblically- based theology is the literal word of god that is thought to contain all truths bypassing all the philosophical beliefs and taking the literal

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