Dawkins and Aquinas Theology Essay

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Dawkins and Aquinas: Theology Whether it’s argumentative or sentimental, an author always aims to get a significant truth across to the reader. In the novel “The God Delusion,” Richard Dawkins analyzes many theories that theologians have developed about the existence of God and essentially squanders them. Through his unique sense of humor and his idea of “logic”, he gives reasons of why the theories of Thomas Aquinas, and other theories as well, are not well developed and are incorrect. Although he does raise some interesting points in his arguments, he does not address enough issues to completely reject the theories of God’s existence. God has a very broad meaning and the meaning varies from person to person. Therefore, shutting down the theories of God’s existence outright would not be fair to people who look for God as a purpose to live for. One of the most prominent theologians in history is Thomas Aquinas, who developed the “five proofs” theory to prove that God exists. Most of his proofs consist of the main idea that everything that exists in the universe has some sort of origin. This origin, in Aquinas’ eyes, is God. In his novel, Dawkins addresses three of Aquinas’ points that hold this idea in his first argument: The Unmoved Mover, The Uncaused Cause, and the Cosmological Argument. His claim is that it does not make sense to immediately assume that everything in the universe can be traced back to God. To aid his argument, he talks about the scientific study of cutting gold. He talks about how if you keep cutting the gold in hopes of having smaller smidgens of gold, it will no longer be gold. His claim is that if you continue to cut gold, it will eventually become merely an atom. What he doesn’t address is where this atom comes from. There must be some origin of the atom, which he doesn’t go into. By using this example, he is essentially saying that if

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