Is Aristotles concept of a Prime Mover the same as the Judeo-Christian Concept of God?
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Is Aristotle's concept of a Prime Mover the same as the Judeo-Christian Concept of God? The definition of the "Prime Mover" as said on www.thefreedictionary.com is - "The self-moved being that causes all motion", he is also eternal and never changing. The definition of God as defined by www.thefreedictionary.com is - "A being conceived as the perfect, omnipotent, omniscient originator and ruler of the universe, the principal object of faith and worship in the monotheistic religions." Primarily they both lead to the "creation" of the universe however they achieved this in different ways. The Judeo-Christian God created the universe from nothing (creatio ex nihilo). Aristotle also argued that nothing existed before the Prime Mover started the chain of causes.
However he only started the "chain" he does not craft the world like God. The Judeo Christian God is seen in Genesis 1 as a transcendent God. It is the cosmic creator who is removed from the universe. It is an impersonal being. Aristotle's Prime Mover is also transcendent and immaterial. It "moves" things not through involvement with them but through "attracting" them. The Judeo-Christian view of God in Genesis 2 and 3 is an imminent God. God is involved with His creation and personal. For example, the creation of man was a special act of creation; God provided humans with the Garden of Eden; Humans are given a special role by God within creation, and a relationship between God and humans is set up involving rules that must be obeyed.
In conclusion, both the Judeo-Christian God and the Prime Mover are similar, and yes they do (as far as we are concerned) had the same purpose to start off or create the universe, the Judeo-Christian God has "evolved" or we have understood more about him over time, and is moulding the world and directing it, unlike the Prime Mover who's one purpose and thought (as we understand it) was to start off the chain (domino effect). The one thing that confuses me mostly though is if the Prime Mover really did set off a chain of events known as "The Domino Effect" then surely there must be an end? If so when? How? I have also thought about "The cause of a cause of a cause...." idea, however... There must be an end. ?? ?? ?? ?? Tuesday 28 September 2010
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