How Does Aquinas ‘Prove’ The Existence Of God?

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God a being or object believed to have more than natural attributes and powers and to require human worship. Does God really exist? This is surely a fundamental question that nearly all humans have pondered with throughout human history. It can be said that all humans have an inmate desire; an emptiness that they feel must be filled.
For a philosopher, however, this concept has proven to be more than a little difficult to solve. Many people have tried to prove the existence of God in many ways. Some used the ontological argument, proposing that if God could be thought of and perceived, then God has to exist. At the center of the ontological argument is the idea or the concept of existence. ...view middle of the document...

Since it is impossible for these things always to exist then it indicates a time when they did not exist. If there are things which are transitory or contingent then at one time there could have been nothing in existence, however, as was already explained in his second proof there must have been a first cause that is not contingent therefore generated the beginning of nature, which is God.
In his fourth point Aquinas notes that there is a certain gradation in all things. For instance we can group things that are hot according to varying degrees of the amount of heat. In classifying objects there is always something which displays the maximum fullness of that characteristics. Thus universal qualities in man such as justice and goodness must attribute their varying qualities to God; the source of maximum and perfect justice and goodness.
The final argument from Aquinas is from the argument from design. Things in the world move towards a goal, just as the arrow does not move towards its goal except by the archer’s directing it. Thus, there must be an intelligent designer who directs all things to their goals, and this is God.
In conclusion, many people have tried to prove the existence of God throughout the ages. Some of the arguments are good, while others are not as convincing but I myself find Aquinas arguments very convincing and I truly believe that...

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