Key Features of the Cosmological Argument for the Existence of God

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Key Features of the Cosmological Argument for the Existence of God

The word Cosmological argument comes from the word cosmos, which

refers to the world or universe as a well-organized and perfect

system. The cosmological argument is a classic argument, which tries

to prove the existence of God, and this argument is based on the fact

that the world’s existence needs to be explained.

The cosmological argument is an argument that starts from the

existence of the universe, to try and prove that God exists. To answer

this, we should first try and answer this question: Why is there a

universe? It was either put there or it has always existed, but no one

knows for sure.

But there must be a reason that the universe exists, either it is

infinite and has always existed, or someone must have put it there to

begin with. This we call God, so we call God the prime mover i.e. the


A contingent being is referred to as us, humans, as we all have a

beginning and an end. A necessary being is referred to as God, as he

is infinite.

God is seen as the uncaused cause who is the cause of all the other


Thomas Aquinas gave his explanation of this by saying “Everything we

see is subject to motion, which is a broad term for change, movement

and so on.” Which is saying we can only can prove things exist by

using our senses to see them, this is the way we can also prove the

universe exists, we can see it.

The posterior (an argument in which the truth of a proposition may

only be known to be true after empirical evidence has been used to

prove the posterior is true or false) is: “Because it is based on what

can be seen in the world and the universe” which is saying, that

things are based on experience and the world must have been created.

This is Thomas Aquinas’ version. He believed that there is no doubt
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