The Cosmological Argument

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  • The Cosmological argument
    • God is the best answer to the questions: why does anything exist? and why does anything change?
    • Plato
      • Movement  is either caused or self generated.
    • Aristotle
      • God is the "first cause" and the "unmoved mover"
        • Nothing would happen if God did not exist
          • God is the final cause. The purpose of things happening
    • Aquinas
      • Second way- the first cause
        • Everything must have a final cause and this is impossible without a first, to start everything
      • First way - From Motion
        • Every movement is caused by another (domino effect) There must be a start
      • Third Way- from possibility and necessity
        • All natural things are contingent therefore there must be something that has necessary existence otherwise everything natural would cease to exist
      • The first way and second way are one
      • Argument is posteriori
      • Could be seen that we havn't reached  the time where contingent things vanish
        • All natural things are contingent therefore there must be something that has necessary existence otherwise everything natural would cease to exist
    • Critiscims
      • Not everything necessarily has a  cause
      • The Big Bang

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