Part 3 What does the word "apologetics" mean? The word "apologetics" is derived from the ancient Greek word apologia, which means, an apology. Not an apology in the modern sense of the word - which is to say you're sorry for something.
How can we know realities of a divine nature? First, we may come to know things about God through rational demonstration.
Reasoning of this sort will enable us to know, for example, that God exists. He does think, however, that human reasoning can illuminate some of what the Christian faith professes SCG 1.
Those aspects of the divine life which reason can demonstrate comprise what is called natural theologya subject we will address in section 2. Obviously, some truths about God surpass what reason can demonstrate. Our knowledge of them will therefore require a different source of divine truth, namely, sacred teaching.
According to Aquinas, sacred teaching contains the most complete and reliable account of what we profess about God SCG I.
An extended treatment of this matter requires that we consider the role faith plays in endorsing what sacred teaching proposes for belief. This issue is addressed in section 3. So understood, NT is primarily a philosophical enterprise. It is a mistake to construe NT as an autonomous branch of inquiry, at least in Aquinas' case.
In fact, partitioning NT from divine revelation does a disservice to the theological nature of Aquinas' overall project for an extended defense of this position, see Hibbs, and ; Stump, The first article of ST makes this clear. There, he asks whether knowledge of God requires something more than what philosophical investigation is able to tell us ST Ia 1.
His answer is yes: But before he turns to them, he addresses several objections to making God an object of demonstration. This essay will consider two of those objections. For Aquinas, this objection rests on a confusion about what it means for a statement to be self-evident.
Anyone who knows what a triangle is will see that this statement is axiomatic; it needs no demonstration. On the other hand, this statement will not appear self-evident to those who do not know what a triangle is.
To employ Aquinas' parlance, the statement is self-evident in itself per se notum secundum se but not self-evident to us per se notum quod nos ST IaIIae For a statement is self-evident in itself so long as it accurately predicates of the subject-term the essential characteristics it has.
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Whether a statement is self-evident to us, however, will depend on whether we understand the subject-term to have those characteristics. Indeed, it is unlikely that even those acquainted with the idea of God will, upon reflecting on the idea, understand that existence is something that God has necessarily.
We will consider one of these demonstrations below. The assent of faith involves embracing doctrinal teachings about God, whose existence is already assumed.
Thus for some people it is perfectly appropriate to accept on the basis of sacred teaching that which others attempt to demonstrate by means of reason ST Ia 2.
Each demonstration proceeds roughly as follows: Aquinas identifies some observable phenomenon and then attempts to show that, necessarily, the cause of that phenomenon is none other than God. The phenomena Aquinas cites in these demonstrations include: We should note that these demonstrations are highly abridged versions of arguments he addresses at length elsewhere most notably, SCG I.
Constraints of space do not permit an explication of each argument.Editor's Note: There has been rising interest in the "problem of evil" in our comment boxes, and many atheist commenters requested a stronger engagement with the so-called "evidential" version of that argument.
So on Wednesday we featured a defense of the "evidential" version from atheist Brian Green Adams. Today, Catholic author Trent Horn offers a critique.
I will be focusing on whether the definitions are real or nominal as this is the main source of controversy on what the geometrical method contributes to the existence of God. I will be arguing that the definitions are real and constructive therefore the geometrical method contributes to a logical argument for the existence of God.
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And that’s why, ever since , Internet arguments have generally been civil and productive. Graham’s hierarchy is useful for its intended purpose, but it isn’t really a hierarchy of disagreements.
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God must exist because something must have caused the first moment in time and that something is God. This is summarized by, Saint Thomas Aquinas in his theory of cause.
He presented five arguments for the existence of god in his masterwork the Summa Theologiae. In the argument about casualty he stated the following premises: 1.