Reason Based Faith.pdf - 333675 Dr Cadavid Reason Based Faith The argument of the existence of God has always been and will continue to be a prevalent

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333675 Dr. Cadavid 4/12/18 Reason Based Faith The argument of the existence of God has always been and will continue to be a prevalent and intense debate not only for philosophers, but society as well. People commonly land in one of three places in this argument: God exists, undecided, or God does not exist. Aquinas, who seems to be guiding his readers to the conclusion of God exists, uses a cosmological argument to do so. Drawing from Aristotle, Aquinas attempts to prove the existence of God, or a being like God, through the use of logic and reason rather than solely basing his conclusion on faith alone. I plan to support Aquinas’ argument for the existence of God by focusing on his second two arguments regarding a first efficient cause and a necessary being. In the second of his five responses, Aquinas asserts that God must exist by referencing a “first efficient cause.” Aquinas’ explanation of the “first efficient cause” can be compared to a young child continually asking the simple question, “Why?”. Eventually, the recipient of the questioning, usually a parent, will end the madness by answering with, “because I said so.” This
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