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Is Aristotles concept of a Prime Mover the same as the Judeo-Christian Concept of God?

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AS and A Level Christianity

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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. Judeo-Christian God is an intelligent designer who crafts a purposeful world (e.g. one purpose of man is to rule over the animals and the planet). Aristotle also believed the universe was a purposeful (teleological) place: individual objects have a "final cause" (e.g. chairs = sitting). The Judeo-Christian God is immaterial. Creation is an `act of will`. God creates through his Word ("Let there be light") or Spirit. Aristotle`s Prime Mover is also seen as immaterial. However he only

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