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How strong are Aristotles ideas about God?

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´╗┐How strong are Aristotles ideas about God? Homework (short essay) I believe that Aristotles ideas about God are fairly strong for a number of reasons. The first being Aristotle addresses the unmoved mover which shows that there must be someone to have started the chain of causes, which must be God. Furthermore, though the Telogy of nature we understand that material objects serve a purpose, for example a chair is designed for us to sit on or the heart is used to circulate blood around the body; therefore Aristotle comes to a conclusion that there is a reason for everything which then has the domino effect to ask 'why?' until we hit a wall take for example a young child contionually asking questions with 'why?' ...read more.

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influenced Anselm's view of God, whom he called "that than which nothing greater can be conceived." Anselm thought that God did not feel emotions such as anger or love, but appeared to do so through our imperfect understanding. The incongruity of judging "being" against something that might not exist, may have led Anselm to his famous ontological argument for God's existence. Many philosophers made use of the idea of approaching a knowledge of God through negative attributes. For example, we should not say that God exists in the usual sense of the term, all we can safely say is that God is not non-xistent. We should not say that God is wise, but we can say that God is not ignorant (i.e. ...read more.

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In chapter 6, Aristotle argues that there must be some eternal and non-congent substance, otherwise all substance would be destroyed and vanished, and then everything in the world would be perishable. But the world and time are not perishable. In chapter 7 he argues that this eternal actual substance must be a single prime mover, which is God, which, while the source of all process and change, is not itself subject to process or change. This substance does what is the highest form of life ought to do, namely to think. The God of the philosophers, perhaps. Having proved that there is only one prime mover. To conclude Aristotles ideas about God are fairly strong as it is cogent; so it is logic and the ideas that Aristotle came up with about God being an unmoved mover is exlainatory because we all know that God is eternal. ...read more.

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