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Amanda Billingsley Philosophy 1301-8007 March 3, 2009 Response 3: Aquinas’ Five Proofs It is clear from the language that this is designed to be an argument for the existence of a god whether it be applied to Allah, the Christian God, or Jupiter. It is impossible to rationally look at our world without seeing the reality of a creator, God. Aquinas recognized that for motion to take place there had to be something that interacts with it to cause it to move. An object has the potential to move, but that potential cannot reach its actuality until something else acts upon it. Aquinas argued then, that as the original object that was moved needed to have something act upon it to move, so too does the second object have something act upon it. He also recognized that without a first mover, the chain of cause and effect must, go eternally back. Since that idea is absurd to the ordered mind and is not consistent with observable evidence, there must be a first mover upon which nothing is needed to act. This in turn must be an infinite being
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