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Arguments for and against the existence of God

The arguments for the existence of God, as famously outlined in the five ways of Thomas Aquinas (in his Summa Theologica) were meant to provide a convincing proof for the existence of God. It was not original with Aquinas. From the very beginnings of Western Philosophy, Pre-Socratic philosophers argued for a transcendent being. This post examines these arguments in their merits and demerits.

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ARGUMENTS FOR AND AGAINST THE EXISTENCE OF GOD

The arguments for the existence of God, as famously outlined in the five ways of Thomas Aquinas (in his Summa Theologica) were meant to provide a convincing proof for the existence of God. It was not original with Aquinas. From the very beginnings of Western Philosophy, Pre-Socratic philosophers like Anaxogoras, Anaximander, etc, and then Plato and Aristotle, all thought there was a spiritual source of the world or nous. And Plato's doctrine of ideas, with the idea of the Good being the ultimate contains an attempt for the proof of the existence of God. Aristotle, based on the notion of causality, ...

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The arguments for the existence of God, as famously outlined in the five ways of Thomas Aquinas (in his Summa Theologica) were meant to provide a convincing proof for the existence of God. It was not original with Aquinas. From the very beginnings of Western Philosophy, Pre-Socratic philosophers argued for a transcendent being.

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