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28. God / B. Proving God / 3. Proofs of Evidence / a. Cosmological Proof

[existence of nature proves God exists]

21 ideas
Brahman is the Uncaused Cause [Anon (Upan)]
Self-generating motion is clearly superior to all other kinds of motion [Plato]
The only possible beginning for the endless motions of reality is something self-generated [Plato]
Self-moving soul has to be the oldest thing there is [Plato]
If matter wasn't everlasting, everything would have disappeared by now [Lucretius]
The power through which creation remains in existence and motion I call 'God' [Boethius]
If you assume that there must be a necessary being, you can't say which being has this quality [Kant on Aquinas]
Way 1: the infinite chain of potential-to-actual movement has to have a first mover [Aquinas]
Way 3: contingent beings eventually vanish, so continuity needs a necessary being [Aquinas]
Way 2: no effect without a cause, and this cannot go back to infinity, so there is First Cause [Aquinas]
Way 4: the source of all qualities is their maximum, so something (God) causes all perfections [Aquinas]
We can't infer the infinity of God from creation ex nihilo [Duns Scotus, by Dumont]
We can't prove a first cause from our inability to grasp infinity [Descartes]
We exist, so there is Being, which requires eternal being [Locke]
Mechanics shows that all motion originates in other motion, so there is a Prime Mover [Leibniz]
The existence of God, and all metaphysics, follows from the Principle of Sufficient Reason [Leibniz]
A chain of events requires a cause for the whole as well as the parts, yet the chain is just a sum of parts [Hume]
If something must be necessary so that something exists rather than nothing, why can't the universe be necessary? [Hume]
If you prove God cosmologically, by a regress in the sequences of causes, you can't abandon causes at the end [Kant]
To know if this world must have been created by God, we would need to know all other possible worlds [Kant]
A distinct cause of the universe can't be material (which would be part of the universe) [Davies,B]