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1

Who presented the cosmological argument and where?

Aquinas in his Summa Theleologica

2

What’s Aquinas’ first way?

Motion

3

What’s Aquinas’ second way?

Causation

4

What’s Aquinas’ third way?

Contingency

5

Which scholar famously supported Aquinas?

Liebnitz

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How did Liebnitz support Aquinas?

Rejected the idea of infinite regress in his Principle of Sufficient Reason

7

Which theologians support the cosmological argument?

Coppleston and William Lane Craig

8

Quote showing William Lane Craig’s support of the cosmological argument

‘Transcending the entire universe there exists a cause which brought the universe into being’

9

Objections to the cosmological argument

1) Richard Gale: it’s illogical to state everything has a cause yet god doesn’t
2) Anthony kenny: people and animals move themselves
3) Richard Dawkins: Ockham’s razor
4) Bertrand Russel: illogical for God to be necessary
5) J.L. Mackie: start doesn’t have to be God
6) Kant: we cannot understand God because he’s transcendent

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What quote from Russell opposes Aquinas’ third way?

‘It then seems illogical not to perceive the same argument extending to the deity’