St. Thomas Aquinas Search for the Truth of the Divine Being

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St. Thomas Aquinas’ Search for the Truth of the Divine Being St. Thomas Aquinas asserts that man, as an intellectual agent, seeks to know the truth. The truth Aquinas is referring to is, for man to know the first truth, namely God. But it is known that man is not fully satisfied and continues to seek understanding of this first truth, and the existence of God. St. Thomas was no different, he maintained his faith in God but pursued philosophical investigations to seek a deeper understanding of the Divine Being. He believes reason and faith are the two paths to access the truths of God’s existence. Faith is a trusted belief in God through scripture; it does not rest with logic and is beyond reason. But reason is a logical way of making sense of something that is not tangible. St. Thomas realized many people doubt the existence of God because there is no logic to explain God’s existence. For St. Thomas his mission in life was to prove the existence of God through reason. St. Thomas argued and put forth that reason can demonstrate that Gods exists. Through his five ways of existence, St. Thomas builds his argument and foundation to prove the existence of the Divine Being. The first way or proof relates to motion, the second to nature and efficient cause, the third being from possibility and necessity, the fourth perfection and the fifth is governance of the world. The first way is Aquinas’ attempt to prove God’s existence based on logic and observations in nature. He was confident this reasonable explanation could help people who can not accept or believe in God based on faith alone. Aquinas believed this argument from ‘motion’ and the necessity of a ‘prime mover are strong logical reasons which demonstrate the absolute existence of God as the Divine Being. It is through the arguments of Aristotle’s ‘presence of change in the world,’ that Aquinas in
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