Started by Xavier, November 12, 2022, 10:25:49 AM
Quote from: Xavier on November 12, 2022, 10:25:49 AM(2) this would be helpful in beginning to share the Gospel with Hindus etc who are polytheists.
Quote from: Michael Wilson on November 12, 2022, 01:30:26 PMfor me the best argument is "necessary-being" vs "contingent being": everything that we know cannot make itself, but exist from another; therefore their existence is "contingent" i.e. Can or cannot happen; but ultimately behind the existence of every contingent being, there must be a "necessary-being", one that exists of itself and is the cause of all the contingent beings. If there were no "necessary being" then there would be no explanation for the existence of anything i.e. "They just happened" .
QuoteDo you think that all Hindus are polytheists?
QuoteGet the book "The Five Proofs of God" by Edward Feser. I believe it is what you are looking for.
Quote from: Xavier on November 12, 2022, 10:31:05 AMAquinas offers a similar argument: If there were several gods, there would be several perfect beings but "if none of these perfect beings lacks some perfection," and if none of them has "any admixture of imperfection ...., nothing will be given in which to distinguish the perfect beings from one another" (Aquinas, 158).
Quote from: Michael Wilson on November 23, 2022, 09:21:27 AMEach person is God, for in God there is only one substance. So each person is God and all three are God. Oneness in nature, trinity in persons. Here is the "Athanasian Creed": https://www.beginningcatholic.com/athanasian-creed
Quote from: Michael Wilson on November 23, 2022, 06:02:41 PMOn the Aquinas reference, what is that? Is it from the Summa?
QuoteIn addition It is shown that God is absolutely perfect, in whom no perfection is lacking. Therefore, if there are many gods, there must be many such perfect ones. But this is impossible: for if none of them lacks any perfection, nor is any imperfection mixed in, which is required for something to be simply perfect, there will be nothing in which they are distinguished from one another. It is therefore impossible to posit more gods.
QuoteBook I begins with general questions of truth and natural reason, and from chapter 10 investigates the concept of a monotheistic God. Chapters 10 to 13 are concerned with the existence of God, followed by a detailed investigation of God's properties (chapters 14 to 102). When demonstrating a Truth about God which can be known through reason, St. Thomas gives multiple arguments, each proving the same Truth in a different way.