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Shirae Butler PHI 1308 In what sense is God the cause of our willing? Since human beings sometimes will to do something sinful, in what sense is God the cause of human sin? According to Aquinas, our will is related to our intellect. Will doesn’t move itself necessarily, sometimes it is coerced. If it is coerced, there is an external factor to determine the will of someone, also called the power of reason. So now Aquinas looks for the source of our reason, which cannot be a material power; it is God. God is who first moves the will. Our power of reason is the gift we were given that makes us different from every other animal. Aquinas explains that “He moves every kind of thing according to the nature of the movable thing.” So elaborate on this is that we still have “free will” to choose, but It is inevitable that he because He is in power.
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Unformatted text preview: So in saying this, does God, in a sense, cause human sin? When Aquinas says sin, it is not the same as moral wrong, or doing an evil. If we look at Aquinas’s definition of sin, it is the actions associated with the lack of order. Even though God may indeed be a big factor in us carrying out our will, we are wired to pursue “the good”. “The good” can be for what’s good for the person’s well-being, or it could be the good that comes from pleasure. We seek happiness one way or the other. In our eyes, happiness is always good, even if we achieve it in ways that are not so godly. It may not be considered good in every particular. So if we can acquire “good” by acting out of a lack of order, in that sense God causes the human sin....
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This note was uploaded on 11/21/2010 for the course PHI 1308 taught by Professor Alexander during the Spring '07 term at Baylor.

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