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Theory of Knowledge First Short PaperThe skepticism of the existence of God has been a heavily discussed topic since the existence of man Many philosophers have had many writings analyzing the facts and possibilities to prove this argument Saint Thomas Aquinas is the philosopher whom best analyzes the facts in a way for me to understand that God exists Saint Thomas Aquinas can prove the argument of the existence of God in five ways I have chosen to discuss the first paragraph in his thesis due to the least amount of confusion The first paragraph contains the following from Saint Thomas Aquinas The first and more manifest way is the argument from motion It is certain and evident to our senses that in the world some things are in motion Now whatever is moved is moved by another for nothing can be moved except it is potentiality to that towards which it is moved whereas a thing moves inasmuch as it is in act For motion is nothing else that the reduction of something from potentiality to actuality But nothing can be reduced from potentiality to actuality except by something in the state of actuality Thus that which is actually hot as fire makes wood which is potentially hot to be actually hot and thereby moves and changes it Now it is not possible that the same thing should be at once in actuality and potentiality in the same respect but only in different respects For what is actually hot cannot simultaneously be potentially hot but it is simultaneously potentially cold It is therefore impossible that in the same respect and in the same way a thing should be both mover and moved ie that it should move itself Therefore whatever is moved must be moved by another If that by which it is moved be itself moved then this also must needs be moved by another and that by another again But this cannot
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