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The Fifth Proof The fifth way is taken from the manner in which things are directed or guided We see some things that lack knowledge namely natural bodies working for the sake of a goal or end This is clear from the fact that they always or often act in the same way to pursue what is best and this shows that the reach their goal not by chance but from directedness But things which do not have knowledge do not tend towards a goal unless they are guided by something with knowledge and intelligence as an arrow is by the archer Hence there is some intelligent being whom all natural things are directed to their goal or end and this we call God This excerpt The Five Proofs of God was taken from Summa Theologiae written by Thomas Aquinas In this excerpt Aquinas sets out five proofs that he believes proves the existence of God He bases his proofs on Aristotelian principles I feel that this proof that Thomas Aquinas presents is the proof that I understand and feel that has the most importance Aquinas states that things can only act towards an end if they possess knowledge Inanimate objects obviously do not possess knowledge therefore they must be governed by an external intellect that directs them to their end Aquinas says that there can not be purposeness without a guiding intelligence The objection to his fifth proof is that he says we see that things which lack knowledge act for an end and we dont see anything directing them to an end so it does not seem true that whatever lacks knowledge cannot move towards an end unless it be directed This fifth proof is taken from the governance of the world We see that things that lack intelligence act for an end and this is evident from their acting away or nearly always in the same way so as
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