“Aquinas’ Cosmological Argument Proves That There Is a God”. Discuss.

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“Aquinas’ Cosmological argument proves that there is a God”. Discuss. Aquinas’ Cosmological argument, also known as the First Cause argument, is based entirely on sensory experience. In the argument, Aquinas states that things do not have to exist, but they do because something brought them into existence. He also says there are a chain of causes and effects leading back to the beginning of the Universe. He did not believe in infinite regress, and so, for him, there had to be a first cause, and that first cause has to be God. Aquinas’ Cosmological argument has many positive points which could be used to prove the existence of God, and his argument is both logical and convincing. However, I believe there are some major flaws within it, and I hope to use these flaws to show that Aquinas’ Cosmological argument does not prove the existence of a God. The first point to Thomas Aquinas’ Cosmological argument is about Motion. He said that everything in our Universe is in motion and has the potential to change. This motion can only come about by a cause; for example, a ball cannot be moved unless a person rolls/throws it. Therefore, by applying the same principals, a change can only come about because something else has caused it to change; for example, a tree cannot be made into a chair unless a person cuts it down and fashions into one. Since nothing can move of its own accord, and nothing can change itself, there had to be something else which has no cause and had the ability to initiate the Universe. Aquinas said that this entity without a cause and the power to create a Universe had to be an ‘Unmoved Mover/ Prime Mover’. He surmised that this Prime Mover had to be God. This argument has some positive points, in the fact that the natural occurrence of movement plus change have been brought into it, which makes the argument seem valid and plausible. However,

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