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Platos and Aristotles Influence on Christianity

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Plato's and Aristotle's Influence on the Judaic Christian Concept of God and Faith in the Christian Concept

Plato's concept of God was based on reason. Plato suggested that since everything in the world has a cause, there has to be a final cause - something or someone who created everything but wasn't created. He called this the 'unmoved mover.' Since nothing can create something that is greater than itself, the unmoved mover has to be the ultimate perfection. '

The problem with this idea of God is that in reality, it doesn't give us many answers. We might think that God is an eternal perfect being but it is impossible for us to comprehend that description as it is unlike anything we have seen in our life. This also raises the question that if God is perfect then why didn't he create a perfect world?

Perhaps Plato's answer would have been that God made the world perfect but he is transcendent and he doesn't need to continue preserving the world as perfect. People have made the world imperfect. This thought is very similar to the Christian way of thinking - God made Paradise which

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