Cosmological Essays

  • Aquinas’ Cosmological Arguments

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    Aquinas’ Cosmological Arguments The Cosmological Argument for the existence of God, as propounded by Thomas Aquinas, is also known as the Third Way. It is the Third of Five ways in Aquinas's masterpiece, "The Summa" (The Five Ways). The five ways are: the unmoved mover, the uncaused causer, possibility and necessity, goodness, truth and nobility and the last way the teleological. The first three ‘ways’ are different variations of the cosmological argument. The Cosmological argument

  • Cosmological Principle

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    matter in the universe is distributed. The simplest one you can make is that the Universe appears roughly the same everywhere and in every direction. That is, the matter in the universe is homogeneous and isotropic when averaged. This is called the Cosmological Principle. Astronomers make certain assumptions when they study the universe as a whole. These assumptions may be difficult to prove or verify in practice, but they form an essential starting point for cosmology. The first is the idea that the

  • Kalam Cosmological Argument

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    discuss both the strengths and weakness of the cosmological argument for the existence of God and conclude that the cosmological argument is a weak one. I will begin by outlining the simple version of the argument and its strongest criticism, which is the causal principle. I will then define contingent, necessary, dependent and independent and discuss the importance of these definitions. Following on from this, I will discuss the Kalam cosmological argument, which is an argument that attempts to

  • The Cosmological Argument Summary

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    Within William Rowe’s Chapter two of “The Cosmological Argument”, Rowe reconstructs Samuel Clark's Cosmological Argument by making explicit the way in which the Principle of Sufficient Reason, or PSR, operates in the argument as well as providing contradictions of two important criticisms from Rowe’s argument. Rowe explains that the PSR has two premises. The first premise of the PSR requires that there must be an explanation of the existence of any being whatever. Meaning that for any being that

  • Argument For The Cosmological Argument

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    The cosmological argument is the existence of God, arguing that the possibility of each existing and the domain collected of such elements in this universe. The inquiry is that 'for what reason does anything exist? Why as opposed to nothing? In this paper, I will explain for what reason does everything need cause? Why is God thought to be the principal cause? First reason, the causal principle. David Hume claimed that we aren’t able to find out if everything has a cause. If everything has a cause

  • The Kalam Cosmological Argument

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    if not omnipotent. One is warranted in concluding that therefore, God exists. With that, I now turn it over to kohai for his opening argument. Works Cited 1. David S. Oderberg, "Traversal of the Infinite, the “Big Bang” and the Kalam Cosmological Argument", Philosophia Christi 4 (2002): 305-36 2. Alexander Pruss, "From the Grim Reaper Paradox to the Kalaam Argument"

  • The Cosmological Argument and the Mystical Argument

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    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

  • Critique of Aquinas's Cosmological Argument

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    Critique of Aquinas's Cosmological Argument Aquinas's 3rd way suggests that the world consists of contingent beings. As all contingent beings have a cause, namely another contingent being, there must have been a time when nothing existed, (unless contingent beings exist as a brute fact). Therefore, contingent beings could not have come into existence unless there is a necessary being which is non- contingent that caused them. Aquinas named this being God. The problem with Aquinas's view

  • The Cosmological Argument for the Existence of God

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    The Cosmological Argument attempts to prove that God exists by showing that there cannot be an infinite number of regressions of causes to things that exist. It states that there must be a final uncaused-cause of all things. This uncaused-cause is asserted to be God. Arguments like this are thought up to recognize why we and the universe exist. The Cosmological Argument takes several forms but is basically represented below. Cosmological Argument Things exist It is possible for

  • The Cosmological Argument is Self-contradictory

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    The Cosmological Argument, also known as the First Cause Argument, is one of the most important arguments for the existence of God, not only because it is one of the more convincing, but also because it is one of the most used. The thought that everything that happens must have a cause and that the first cause of everything must have been God, is widespread. The cosmological argument is the argument from the existence of the world or universe to the existence of a being that brought it into

  • Ontological And Cosmological Argument For The Existence Of God

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    or not there is a “God” has raged on since ancient times, and it appears that collectively, humanity will never agree on a solid answer. However, throughout history, three arguments for God’s existence have come into creation: the Ontological, Cosmological, and Teleological arguments, respectively. There are numerous positions to take. However, the best position to take when arguing for God’s existence is the Teleological position because it has the most sensible and sound reasoning of the three

  • The Main Strengths of the Cosmological Argument

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    The Main Strengths of the Cosmological Argument There are many strengths within the Cosmological Argument which have proven theories and ways to prove the existence of God. Many of these strengths have come from such scholars as; Copleston, Aquinas and Leibniz, all of which have put together major points to prove the existence of a non-contingent being. One of the main strengths of the Cosmological Argument is from Aquinas way I that was about motion. This would be a posteriori argument

  • Kalam Cosmological Argument Essay

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    1. Craig’s “Kalam Cosmological Argument” is based on three main premises. The first premise being that everything which begins to exist requires a cause. The second premise is the universe began to exist. The last premise is that the universe requires a cause. In order to infer from this that the universe has a cause of its existence, the advocate of the Kalam cosmological argument needs to show that the past is finite, that the universe began to live at a definite time. Scientists gathered verification

  • The History of the Cosmological Argument for the Existence of God

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    Early elements of the Cosmological Argument were developed by the world renowned philosophers Plato and Aristotle between the years 400 and 200 BC (Boeree). Medieval philosopher Saint Thomas Aquinas expanded upon their ideas in the late 13th Century when he wrote, “The Five Ways.” Since then the Cosmological Argument has become one of the most widely accepted and criticized arguments for the existence of God. My objective in this paper is to explain why the Cosmological Argument is a reasonable

  • The Premise of the Cosmological Arguement and Some Objections

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    his many theses. The Cosmological Argument, an argument of the posteriori category, meaning that it requires data based on past experiences, argues for the existence of God with this type of expression at its core. By attempting to prove how the universe must be influenced by an independent being that has godlike qualities, cosmological arguments suggest that it is rational to believe in an omnipotent being and its accountability of creating the universe. Typically, cosmological arguments occur in

  • St. Thomas Aquinas' Cosmological Argument

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    Among the three arguments to prove God's existence, I find Aquinas's cosmological argument well-grounded in empirical evidence, and that the focus on simple facts proves acceptable in both historical and scientific dimensions. Aquinas starts by stating the preliminary matter that God's existence is not self-evident, and therefore we need to examine God's effects, which we are able to observe, to prove God's existence, although we are not able to understand God's nature perfectly. Aquinas provides

  • 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

  • The Strengths and Weaknesses of the Cosmological Argument for the Existence of God

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    The Strengths and Weaknesses of the Cosmological Argument for the Existence of God The cosmological argument seeks to prove the existence of God by looking at the universe. It is an A posteriori proof based on experience and the observation of the world not logic so the outcome is probable or possible not definite. The argument is in three forms; motion, causation and being. These are also the first three ways in the five ways presented by Aquinas through which he believed the existence

  • Aquinas Cosmological Argument For The Existence Of God

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    If not God, then what is the first cause? In order for something to exist, it must have a start, something to cause it to occur, otherwise it never occurred. Thomas Aquinas’ Cosmological argument for the existence of God, he believed and proved that cause and effect is the work of God and God is the cause of everything. This point is very difficult to dispute or even doubt. Aquinas based it off the idea that as a group of humans

  • The Key Ideas of the Cosmological Argument for the Existence of God

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    The Key Ideas of the Cosmological Argument for the Existence of God A) The cosmological argument is to prove the existence of god. In this type of argument we are looking at cause and not design. This type of argument is an aposteriori argument because it is based upon experience. Thomas Aquinas puts the key ideas into 3 ways. First way is, motion/change. Nothing can move by itself or change itself. The first thing to have moved must have been moved by something else and that thing therefore