The Five Ways of St. Thomas Aquinas Part V: The Fifth Way

Posted September 22, 2017 11:47 pm by Michele Boyer

The Five Ways of St. Thomas Aquinas Part V: The Fifth Way

The Fifth Way – Argument from Governance or Order
Just as the Third and Fourth Ways build on the first two Ways, the Fifth of the Five Ways builds on everything else. But, again, let’s put this in modern terms.
In St. Thomas’ terms, natural bodies “act for an end.” In modern terms, natural and non-intelligent bodies behave in regular patterns, according to natural laws. There is order in everything.
Consider the predictable and systematic rotation of all the planets around the sun. Their movements can be mathematically predicted with accuracy.
Oak trees always beget oak trees, and never bananas or giraffes.
Dogs always beget

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