Cosmological Argument Why Do God Exist

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Cosmological Argument Throughout history, humans have always argued whether God exists or not. People usually have strong opinions on this subject so that makes it difficult to persuade them one way or the other. Recently in class we have learned about three arguments that are in favor of God’s existence. They are the cosmological, teleological, and ontological arguments. Both cosmological and teleological are constructive in their arguments while the ontological is destructive as it tries to doubt the belief that there is no God. While all of these arguments are intriguing to me, I will discuss only the cosmological argument. Throughout this paper I will explain the details of the cosmological argument and will discuss why it fails in persuading people that God exists. The cosmological argument was developed by St. Thomas Aquinas and has three formal structures, motion, causation, and necessary beings. The motion structure has four statements to it. The first says that nothing can be moved by itself. Since the first statement is true, it goes on to say that if objects in motion had a mover, the first object that was set in motion needed a mover. Aquinas then goes on to explain that motion cannot go on forever. And finally the fourth states that the first mover is an unmoved mover or God. Aquinas starts the…show more content…
This structure also has four statements that are similar to the first two structures. The first statement in the necessary beings structure says that dependent beings are caused. The second says not every being can be dependent. The third statement states that a necessary being must exist to cause contingent beings. The last states that this necessary being is God. The fault with this structure is that atheists will be turned away with the name “God” in it, much like in the motion structure. Another flaw much like in the other two structures is what being created

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