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The Existence of God: Theories of Thomas Aquinas and St. Anselm
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Student’s Name: Instructor’s Name: Subject: Philosophy Date: March 25, 2012 Topic: Discuss Thomas Aquinas's criticisms of the view that God's existence is self-evident. The Existence of God: Theories of Thomas Aquinas and St. Anselm Thomas Aquinas, a Dominican Monk (1225-1274) has argued two theories for the non-existence of God with inherent contradiction.
If God is there, how does he permit evil to attack each and every segment of humankind in this world? Poverty, starvation deaths, mindless violence and bloodshed in wars, untimely deaths of the loved ones and many such happenings that engulf humankind are highly unreasonable. The contents of Bible are revelations of God. The book, in totality, is meant to be the word of God. The revelations condemn negativities like theft, murder and adultery. It is hard to believe that the all-powerful, the infinite good being, the all-knowing God can permit such things to happen. Not only condemn through the book, He needs to abolish them altogether and control all sorts of evil. If God is the “heavenly father,” why should He make his children suffer and why is He reluctant to weed out evil from the face of this earth? The second theory of Aquinas is, apart from the God-principle, there are alternative principles that account for everything we see in the world outside, supposing that God does not exist. The seemingly different principles can be clubbed into one principle, that of nature and therefore it is not necessary to argue for God’s existence. This rationale of Aquinas is amenable for reasoning and therefore is acceptable. ...
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