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Thomas Aquinas and the First Mover Argument

Updated Thursday 8th January 2015

This animation looks at Thomas Aquinas and his theory that god is at the start of everything.

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Thursday, 15th January 2015 12:04 - BBC Radio 4

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Some things in the universe are in motion. You may be, your heart certainly is, the birds in the sky and the cars on the road are. But anything in motion must have been caused to move: nothing can move itself spontaneously without something else moving it. And the thing that moves another thing must itself be in motion. Every effect has a prior cause.

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