Thomas Aquinas recognized that there were people who doubted the existence of God. Because to them logic did not allow or explain His existence. As a devout Christian, he believed in God, but he wanted to prove to those who didn’t that He did. As a result, Aquinas presented five proofs of God’s existence, which are based on logic and observation of nature.
His first proof is based on the idea of a first mover. He proves this by saying that whatever is in motion must have been put in motion by something else. And then defines one type of motion as the reduction of something from potentiality to actuality. Claiming that nothing can be both actual and potential in respect to the sam...
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- ... “Whatever is moved is moved by something else. Potentiality is only moved by actuality” (Archie). There is an excellent example of this “an actual oak tree is what produces the potentiality of an acorn” (Archie). There must be a first mover, in order for there to be motions. He believes by taking away the actual is like taking away the potential, as well; it both goes hand in hand. A good example of this would be: “the reason a student has the potential to be awake is that he had (actual) toast for breakfast.... [tags: philosophy and religion]
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