Essay_3_Aquinas

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Reanna Echeverria  Philosophy 101 Professor Anchustegui 28 July 2010 Aquinas  Aquinas tries to prove that God exists by saying that there are objects in motion,  and that objects cannot just start moving on their own, and that something else must  have caused them to move.  He states that no cause and effect chain can be infinite.  Then Aquinas tries to prove that there is a God by saying because all of these  assumptions are true, that therefore there must have been a first mover, and that is God.  The strengths this argument holds are that Aquinas was right that there are  cause and effect chains, and that something must set everything into motion, however,  that doesn’t automatically mean that there is a God. That something that set something  into motion could have been Mother Nature, which could be something like a fault line  moves, therefore rocks fall down the mountain. That one example disproves his  argument alone.  The weakness in Aquinas’ First Way is that he jumped to conclusions without  supporting the conclusion or stating how he arrived at that conclusion. It may have been 
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a very good argument if the gaps were filled. Just because something was set in motion 
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This note was uploaded on 12/15/2011 for the course PHIL 101 taught by Professor Anchustegui during the Spring '11 term at Boise State.

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Essay_3_Aquinas - ReannaEcheverria Philosophy101...

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