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Aquinas’ Summa Contra Gentiles

29 September, 2015 - 10:21

If God is not necessary as a first cause in time, then how exactly is he related to his creation? Put differently: Aquinas thinks there’sno way to prove through reason alone that the world came into being; it might be co-eternal with God. But if God isn’t the firstcause in this sense, how is he a cause at all? these arguments will be especially important when we look at Descartes (see the René Descartes (1596–1650) and Berkeley (see PHK Part One, Section Part One, Section Fifty-one , Part One, Section Fifty-two and Part One, Section Fifty-three , as well as Part One, Section One Hundred and Seven, as well as De Motu, Section Thirty-four.