Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Certitude: An Attempt to Clarify...Part Two

This is the first and "most manifest" way of St. Thomas' five ways for proving (or rather demonstrating) God's existence.  Although it is termed the way from motion, it proves that motion absolutely requires an Agent Who is in Act, so that regressing back in time with finite agents in act initiating movements, one must eventually arrive at a source of motion, or Aristotle's "Prime Mover" - who is all Act with no needs or potencies.  This being who is all actuality is the one and only source of all existence because to be as such is to be in actuality, that is, to exist. 

Now this is absolutely certain.  There is no room here for doubt or for the probable or the possible.  Either God exists or He does not.  Either I exist or I am a probability only.  And so is God, then.  This is the modernist's philosophy of Agnosticism.  Everything, including the truths of faith are only probable, or even, as Father Spitzer would insist, most highly probable, so as to require "at least one singularity"  we call the existence of our universe as a result of a Big Bang explosion and the creative processes of the one most highly probable unconditional Reality we call God. 

This kind of philosophical thinking, following also on the methodical doubt of Rene Descartes, is grounded in the Modernist's Agnosticism as described in the Encyclical Pascendi of Pope St. Pius X (1907).    

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