Aquinas' Doctrine of God According to Brian Davies

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Essay on Aquinas’ Doctrine Of God according to Brian Davies. Based on reading from The Thought Of Thomas Aquinas "Aquinas' Doctrine of God according to Brian Davies" Aquinas' Doctrine of God according to Brian Davies begins with the Doctrine of God as the Creator of everything. To Aquinas everything is created by God and sustained by God. He held that human beings hold a special place in creation because they are brought back to God by God himself in the person of Christ. In this sense he believed that God is the beginning and the end. God draws us to Himself as the one from whom we all come from. According to Brian Davies, Aquinas believed that the existence of God could be proven by rational argument. However, he believed that belief in God's existence could not be defended. Aquinas denied that God's existence is evident in the sense that logically self evident propositions are. He believed that everyone has knowledge of God. In everyone there is naturally implanted something in which one can arrive at knowledge of the existence of God. This something is not implanted by nature in a clear or specific way. Aquinas explains God's existence in the "Five Ways". The first is the argument that anything changed or moved is changed or moved by something else. The first cause (changer or mover) is God. The second is that there are causes in the world in, which bring it about that other things come to be. This means that in a series of causes, God is the first cause. In the third way, Aquinas held that there are things imperishable and perishable. The imperishable is something that must be and is not dependent on anything for it's existence; meaning God. The fourth way is that there are perfect things, and that there must be a perfect source. This perfect source is God. In the fifth way, non-rational things that operate in a
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