This is the second part of a series responding to a viral YouTube video titled “Aquinas and the Cosmological Arguments” (750,000+ views), which claims that Thomas Aquinas’ arguments for God have been decisively refuted. But have they? Bishop Barron responds to the video and shows that when properly understood, Thomas’ arguments are as strong today as ever before. A listener asks how the word “Gospel” would have been understood in the first century.

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Topics Discussed

  • 0:05 – Introduction, background on Crash Course video
  • 1:40 – Are Aquinas’ first four arguments for God unimpressive because they don’t lead to a personal God?
  • 8:15 – Does Aquinas’ argument for God allow for polytheism?
  • 12:2o – Does Aquinas’ argument for God allow God to be an egg, a turtle, or a big block of stone?
  • 14:35 – Are there major flaws that make Aquinas’ argument invalid?
  • 16:45 – Is Aquinas’ argument self-defeating, because God would require a cause?
  • 21:05 – Do you have to believe Aquinas’ arguments in order to believe in God?
  • 26:30 – Question from listener: Was the word “Gospel” used often in Jesus’ time?

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