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Thomas Aquinas and the causation argument

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on 26 April 2011

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Transcript of Thomas Aquinas and the causation argument

Thomas Aquinas and the causation argument. Thomas Aquainas was born in Italy a place called Roccasecca in 1274. St Thomas Aquinas was a philosopher and a theologian. The causation argument attempts to prove the existence of god by suggesting that the universe is constant series of cause and effect. Causation means that everything is caused by something else. Aquinas said there must have been something powerful to start this process off-he said this was god. The domino analogy The causation argument is like a row of dominoes when one is pushed over. Imagine you had ten thousand dominoes, in a big room you placed each domino on its edge, so that if one domino was to fall it would knock down every single one. You could leave the for days, weeks, or even months. They wouldn't fall unless there was an earthquake or a mouse scrambled past and knocked one down. The first domino would not spontanesly fall over on its own. Things do not just happen unless something cause them to happen. The causation argument uses the analogy of the domino effect. If the first domino did not spontanesly fall over, what it is trying to show you is that the universe didnt just appear something or someone caused it.(meaning god). Our Summary


Although Thomas Aquinas makes good points with the causation argument, he has simple flaws that are easily noticed. For example, St Thomas Aquinas’s theory: Cause and effect. He said “everything has a series of cause and effect. Everything happens because of something before it”, however, he said “God is the predecessor of everyone” but who came before God? Who created God?

And also, he was a very religious person, since he was young. He believed in God very strongly, so being who he was, he would do anything possible in his power to show proof of God, which can make all his points realistically bias. So therefore, our summary of St Thomas Aquinas, is that his points were cleverly made, but could be bias for God and Religion.
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