Thomas Acquinas – Fifth way of reasoning toward God

I’m FINALLY finishing up this series of posts… it’s been a busy life!  You can find the rest of the posts here: Post 1, Post 2, Post 3, Post 4

The fifth thing that Aquinas points out is that there are entities in creation that have no consciousness at all, yet still act in a predictable or regular fashion and in such a way that it is beneficial to their continued existence.

Trees, for example, have no consciousness of their own to direct themselves, yet they will sink their roots deeply into the soil to collect water, they will spread their branches wide to collect light for their photo-synthetic leaves, and they will drop seeds by which they reproduce.  Aquinas believed that since trees act with some sense of direction in terms of self-preservation, yet are unguided by their own consciousness (because they do not have a consciousness), they must be guided by the consciousness of another.  His theory then, was that this “other consciousness” must be God.

Any thoughts?


2 thoughts on “Thomas Acquinas – Fifth way of reasoning toward God

  1. Pingback: Reasoning Toward God – Thomas Aquinas’ 5 ways « the passionate follower’s journal

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