Divine generation

Thesis: A cosmological argument shows that if divine generation is logically possible, it is necessary. 

1.) There exist things that are deficient in goodness.

2) Real deficiency is only possible if a non-deficient standard is really possible.

3.) Therefore, because things are really more and less good relatively, some absolute standard of goodness is really possible.

4.) The real possibility of something requires either that it exists and/or that there is some agent that can bring it forth.

5.) Therefore,  the mind is led indifferently to the absolute standard of goodness existing and/ or its being brought forth.

6.) Ex hypothesi, we cannot rule out the possibility of the absolute standard of goodness being brought forth.

7.) Therefore, the absolute standard of goodness both exists and is brought forth.


Commentary on (7). From 5, the mind is led indifferently by a cosmological argument to a non-generated absolute standard of goodness (X) and a generated one (Y). From (6)  the being (Y) must be taken as a divine being, and so is verified as one. But it follows a fortiori that (X) is a divine being, simply due to its power to bring one forth.

And so it seems that if St. Thomas was successful at showing the logical possibility of the Trinity by proving it involved no formal contradiction, it follows that generation in God can be known by a cosmological argument. Note that generation is not the same thing as Trinity, though it is the foundation of trinity.

1 Comment

  1. PatrickH said,

    March 26, 2014 at 6:36 am

    Insofar as this argument is derived from the argument from exemplar causality given in the post below this, then the Fourth Way becomes a kind of cosmological argument, together with the first three of the Five Ways, those traditionally considered to be cosmological arguments. Since I think the Fifth Way is itself a cosmological argument surprisingly closely related to the First Way, this means all five ways may be seen as cosmological arguments.

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