The cosmological argument: Aquinas

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The cosmological argument seeks to argue for the existence of God based on what we experience in the universe we live it. It attempts to establish what caused everything to be here, or how the universe began.

Aquinas is a philosopher who was concerned with why there was any motion or causation and believed that God was the reason for this. To explain this he formulated 3 arguments; argument from the first cause, argument from motion and the argument for contingency.

Firstly, the argument from first causes states that whatever exists is here because something has caused it to be her. For example, children are here because of their parents. Things cannot cause themselves to exist. For example, children cannot give birth to themselves. There cannot an infinite chain of causes.


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