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The Argument from Change
Transcript of The Argument from Change
It only has the potential to become that object. It exists in one form while having the potential to become its final form It will exist in that final form, just not right now. When the object dies, the molecules still exist, but there is no longer any desire or will to move it. http://www.asktheatheists.com/questions/778-whats-the-best-way-to-deal-with-lists-like-twenty-arguments-for-the-existence-of-god/)/ Universal Change The whole universe is, in the process of change, the sum total of all moving things. If there is nothing outside our universe, then it cannot change. Since our universe does change, there must be something in addition to our world. This argument is invalid because every change must have a source, even if the source is from within. Potentiality cannot be achieved without actuality. This is needed for the universe to change. "Unless there is a First Mover, there can be no motions. To take away the actual is to take away the potential." -http://philosophy.lander.edu/intro/motion.shtml Aquinas' Four Causes Material Cause - According to this Argument, the universe is made up of matter, time, and space. Formal Cause - The universe's shape may have been crafted by the big bang or an outside force. This one is debatable. Efficient Cause - An object cannot change without some force acting upon it. Final Cause - The purpose of our universe is unknown, but the things that are in our universe; their purpose is probably to survive. If something is always changed by something else, then is this outside force being influenced by something else.? By itself, this argument offers no actual proof.