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PHIL 260.001 Dr. Hornsby HW 7 10/5/09 The question of what might have caused God is still frequently asked by people today. There is such thing as a first cause argument, which is one of the cosmological arguments that attempt to prove the existence of God. To evade the criticism of the question previously asked, there exists a faintly different edition of the first cause argument. This argument is called the traditional cosmological argument by St. Thomas Aquinas. This argument states that some things are caused, and nothing can cause itself. It also says that causes cannot stretch back in time infinitely, so there must be a first cause to everything. This Aquinas argument calls this first cause God. Aquinas confirms that only some things are caused, which avoids the objection of what caused God in the first place. When the argument explains that nothing can cause itself, the belief is that this is true because everything happens for a reason. Most of the time those reasons are unknown or never foreseen because they are due to the powers of God. The statement, from
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This note was uploaded on 11/15/2011 for the course PHIL 260 taught by Professor Hornsby during the Fall '10 term at N.C. A&T.

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