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WOF 097: Did Thomas Aquinas Really Prove God? (Part 2 of 2)

This is the second part of a series responding to a viral YouTube video titled "Aquinas and the Cosmological Arguments" (750,000+ views), which claims that Thomas Aquinas' arguments for God have been decisively refuted. But have they? Bishop Barron responds to the video and shows that when properly understood, Thomas' arguments are as strong today as ever before. A listener asks how the word "Gospel" would have been understood in the first century.

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Topics Discussed

  • 0:05 - Introduction, background on Crash Course video
  • 1:40 - Are Aquinas' first four arguments for God unimpressive because they don't lead to a personal God?
  • 8:15 - Does Aquinas' argument for God allow for polytheism?
  • 12:2o - Does Aquinas' argument for God allow God to be an egg, a turtle, or a big block of stone?
  • 14:35 - Are there major flaws that make Aquinas' argument invalid?
  • 16:45 - Is Aquinas' argument self-defeating, because God would require a cause?
  • 21:05 - Do you have to believe Aquinas' arguments in order to believe in God?
  • 26:30 - Question from listener: Was the word "Gospel" used often in Jesus' time?

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WOF 096: Aquinas and the Arguments for God (Part 1 of 2)

A viral YouTube video titled "Aquinas and the Cosmological Arguments" (750,000+ views) claims that Thomas Aquinas' arguments for God have been decisively refuted. But have they? Bishop Barron responds to the video and shows that when properly understood, Thomas' arguments are as strong today as ever before. A listener asks whether death is natural.

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Topics Discussed

  • 0:05 - Introduction, Bishop Barron describes the Facebook headquarters
  • 5:30 - Why have multiple proofs for God's existence?  If a singular argument is truly a proof, should not one be sufficient?
  • 8:44 - Where did Thomas Aquinas come up with these arguments?
  • 12:50 - Do Aquinas's observations from nature hurt his argument given the fact that modern science has proven some of his examples to be inaccurate?   
  • 15:33 - What's wrong with using dominos to illustrate Aquinas's argument from motion?
  • 26:50 - What's the difference between a hierarchal and a temporal causal series? And why is this so important for understanding Aquinas?
  • 31:35 - Did the philosopher David Hume defeat Aquinas's arguments?
  • 34:24 - Question from listener: Is death natural?

Bonus Resources

Find bonus links and resources for this episode at http://WordOnFireShow.com and be sure to submit your questions at http://AskBishopBarron.

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