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  • St Thomas Aquinas Argument For God's Existence

    There have been many arguments made over the years that are designed to show proof for God’s existence or a lack thereof. Thirteenth century philosopher St Thomas Aquinas is one of those people who formed their own argument supporting God’s existence. The Five Ways, as he called them, were designed to in five different ways prove beyond a reasonable doubt that there is in fact a God who subsists all around the world. The “Argument from Possibility and Necessity”, the third of Aquinas’ ways is one such reasoning that using what he considered to be sound logic, can be used in order to prove the existence of a higher being. Even though it can be demonstrated to be invalid and contains within it some pretenses that are not necessarily accurate, the Third Way as explained by St Thomas Aquinas is the most interesting of the Five Ways. The Third Way, also know as the Argument from Possibility and Necessity, is only one of the Five Ways that St Thomas Aquinas used to prove the existence of God, but it is a very important one. The logic behind the Third Way as described by Aquinas is that all things have dependence on outside factors, which has to be contingent on a being that came before it. Every essential thing has its necessary requirement caused by another thing or not caused at all, thus deciding whether a certain thing exists in the world or not. This means that if everything is conditional on outside factors in order for the desired action or reaction to occur, there…

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  • Thomas Aquinas's A Cosmological View On The Existence Of God

    When it comes to the existence of God, there are many arguments. Some say that God does not exist while others try to explain how the universe was created. Saint Thomas Aquinas gives a cosmological view on whether God exists. In his article, Whether God Exists, he provides five arguments to support his view. The first article talks about motion. Just like the Myth of the Cave the prisoners used their senses to survive on a daily basis. Your senses prove that things are in motion. This shows…

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  • Intelligent Design Vs Big Bang Theory

    because of random chance, as opposed to something creating it with a specific design or purpose in mind. For intelligent design, God created the universe and everything in it, and God intervenes in nature frequently and indefinitely. Therefore, it can be concluded that there is a fundamental conflict between science and religion. This is due to the contradiction between the divine truth and the scientific truth. Intelligent design says that it is not compatible with science because if the divine…

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  • Edith Stein's Spiritual Journey

    During her summer holiday in 1921 Stein read St. Teresa of Àvila’s biography. This reading prompted her to convert to Catholicism on January 1, 1922. Although she was eager to seek entry to the religious life she was dissuaded by her spiritual advisors, who instead encouraged her to take a teaching position at a Dominican nuns’ school. Here she translated St. Thomas of Aquainas' works, studied Roman Catholic philosophy, and tried to bridge her preexisting beliefs with Thomism: the…

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  • Perennialism Research Paper

    Perennialism Perennialism is a psychology whose main basics is to in simulate western civilization fundamentals as present day teaching mechanisms. As an idea, perennialism’s objective is to create a system of unchanging information (Educational Philosophies Definition and Comparison Chart pg. 1). Education is based on the essential understanding of recurring to the past and to reason and faith. Mostly neo-Thomism has been most apparent in perennialism, but idealism and realism have also been…

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  • Bestor's Essentialism And The Philosophy Of Essentialism

    Essentialism Essentialism sees the primary function of the school as the preservation and transmission of the basic elements of human culture. It emphasizes (1) a return to systematic subjects, (2) learning as the mastery of basic skills and knowledge, (3) the teacher as a mature representative of the culture and someone who is competent in both subject matter and instruction, (4) education as preparation for work and citizenship, and (5) the preservation of the school's academic function. Above…

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  • Machiavelli Human Nature Analysis

    his summa theologic. Unlike Machiavelli who offers only partial ideas limited by cynicism, Aquinas shows how humans are linked to creation and what it means for such creatures to co-exist in a temporally finite reality. Through virtue humans create a path that leads to the attainment of happiness in the totality of human life, and by totality we expand human existence to a horizon that spans to the eternal hereafter. Thomas Aquinas is the father of Thomism and the foremost classical proponent…

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  • Robert Maynard Hutchins: The Characteristics Of Perennialism

    Perennialism Perennialism asserts certain principles that are foundational to its educational objectives. Among them are the following: (1) permanence is of a greater reality than change; (2) the universe is orderly and patterned; (3) the basic features of human nature reappear in each generation regardless of time or place; (4) human nature is universal in its essential characteristics; (5) like human nature, the basic goals of education are universal and timeless; (6) the human being's…

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  • Catholic Values In American Schools

    themselves, are the best resource to educate students about the Catholic faith. Ultimately, schools are a resource to help students find their vocation in life by learning about a variety of subject matter, and how it all ties back to Christ. Students should be educated on how and why they should desire Heaven. A curriculum that is centered on Catholic values and tradition would be ideal, and Constructivist approaches could be tied in nicely to teach this curriculum. However, this is not…

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