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Thomas Aquinas weakest argument is without a doubt the argument from gradation In Aquinas fourth way God is defined as the Absolute Being which in a sense is used as a yardstick for the measurement of all qualities There is a belief that some things are better than others which can be applied to all things but can it really be applied to everything Is one rose better than another if equal in age and care Who determines which one is better If there were two identical twins is one better than the other Aquinas believed that things are good only in proportion to how closely they resemble that which he considers perfect Therefore if there is nothing that is perfect there can be nothing that is good But this is not necessarily true Who defines perfection Isnt the concept of perfection based upon the qualities and standard set by the perceiver Is God viewed as perfect through the eyes of a Satanists What if a Satanists view of perfection is directly opposite Aquinas goes on to say that if anything is good there must be something that is perfect and with this in mind Thomas Aquinas stated Therefore there must also be something which is to all beings the cause of their being goodness and every other perfection and this we call God But once again this is not necessarily true Perfection is in the eye of the beholder Aquinas believed that all things in our experience must possess some degree of perfection in order to exist but this is not true Simply put if there is a God that is absolutely 100 perfect then one must accept that there is something else that is absolutely 100 imperfect If this is true then it has absolutely no degree of perfection which negates Aquinas belief In addition who measures the perfection of God And if one agrees that the perfection of God cannot be measured
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