The Cosmological Argument and the Mystical Argument Essay

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The controversial topic involving the existence of God has been the pinnacle of endless discourse surrounding the concept of religion in the field of philosophy. However, two arguments proclaim themselves to be the “better” way of justifying the existence of God: The Cosmological Argument and the Mystical Argument. While both arguments attempt to enforce strict modus operandi of solidified reasoning, neither prove to be a better way of explaining the existence of God. The downfall of both these arguments rests on commitment of fallacies and lack of sufficient evidence, as a result sabotaging their validity in the field of philosophy and faith. First off, The Cosmological Argument was developed by St. Thomas Aquinas in 1274 through his …show more content…
However, this is a large jump from premise five to the conclusion, in the sense that it doesn’t prove that God is essentially the so-called “unmoved mover”. Also, that some beliefs are justified and can justify others in the process, however are not based on other beliefs themselves. On a side note, premise two of Aquinas’ argument was derived from Aristotle’s argument of nature, in which “facts about nature are based on experience”, which leads to an explanation, followed by the conclusion that that fact must be about God. The third part of Prima Pars involves the concept of “Possibility and Necessity”, which goes as so: 1) Some things now exist a) But it’s non-existence is conceivable b) every contingent being 2) Therefore, some contingent beings2 now exist 3) If everything that has ever existed, existed contingently, then nothing would exist now a) A contingent being can ‘not-be’, while a necessary being can’t ‘not-be’. b) So if all beings were contingent, at one point in time there would be nothing that existed. 4) Not all beings are contingent 5) Therefore, at least one necessary being must exist [Explain weaknesses] But why would one dispute this argument? Let’s look back to George Berkeley’s argument for the existence of God. In Immaterialism, George Berkeley believed that “bodies exist outside the mind encourages the notion that the

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