Infinity and the Proofs for
the Existence of God


Glenn F. Chesnut

Also search under the following common variants and misspellings: Glenn Chesnut, Glen Chesnut, Glen Chestnut, Glenn Chestnut, Glen F. Chesnut, Glenn F. Chestnut, Glen F. Chestnut, Glenn C. South Bend

Glenn Chesnut, Infinity and the Proofs for the Existence of God
Glenn F. Chesnut, Infinity and the Proofs for the Existence of God, March 2019, ISBN 978-1-5320-7033-4 and 978-1-5320-7034-1, vi + 318 pp., paperback $19.95 U.S., eBook $3.99


Who and what God is, and how our universe exploded
into existence in the Big Bang 13.799 years ago


This book is more than just a set of logical proofs. It shows us who and what God is, and explains how our universe exploded into existence in the Big Bang, some 13.799 billion years ago, in such a way that all other Being in the universe derives its existence and nature — and its capacities for growth, power, moral character, change, and novelty — from God as the Ground of Being.

This is a book for people who are interested in philosophy. It begins with a discussion of some of the fallacies into which the concept of infinity has led careless thinkers over the centuries. In particular, Chesnut demonstrates how often the modern defenses of atheism have been based on what are no more than pseudo-infinite regresses. This includes in particular self-delusive attempts to get rid of God by constructing what would be no more than imaginary universe-sized perpetual motion machines.

The last half of the book then has as its central focus the set of Five Proofs for the Existence of God formulated by the great medieval thinker St. Thomas Aquinas, where Chesnut begins by showing how each of the proofs was interpreted in the middle ages. But the development of modern science requires that the Five Proofs be reworked for today, so he shows, for example, how the Proof from Motion can be reworded as an Argument from Energy, subject to the laws of thermodynamics, and how the Proof from Gradations in Truth and Value forces us to decide whether we will accept that at least some moral values are real, or instead will become what modern psychologists call psychopaths.

This present book, combined with the work Chesnut authored nine years ago — God and Spirituality: Philosophical Essays — sets out an architectonic philosophical system for the twenty-first century, grounded on one side in the classics of the ancient Greco-Roman world and the medieval period, but on the other hand taking seriously the revolutionary changes in western thought produced by the development of twentieth-century science, including relativity, quantum theory, the uncertainty principle, and Gödel’s proof.


CLICK HERE to read the book online,
or download it as an Adobe PDF file.




St. Thomas Aquinas and Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris

Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris was being built during St. Thomas Aquinas' lifetime





Table of Contents



Part I. Introduction
1. Is There a Necessarily Existing Ground of Being? Is it a Personal God?
2. Present-day Science on the Origins of the Universe

Part II. Infinity, Pseudo-Infinities, and Fallacies
3. Aristotle on Infinity: Processes Which Could Never Successfully End
4. Different Kinds of Infinities
5. The Positive Uses of Infinite Series in Modern Mathematics
6. The Illusions Created by a Pseudo-Infinite Regress
7. The Epicurean Fallacy: Infinite Chance vs. Organized Structure

Part III. Anselm's Argument
8. Anselm: the Ontological Proof

Part IV. Thomas Aquinas’s Five Proofs

FIRST ARGUMENT: FROM MOTION
9. Aquinas on Motion, Change, and Alteration
10. The First Proof Revised: the Argument from Thermodynamics
11. Perpetual Motion Machines, Love and Energy

SECOND ARGUMENT: FROM EFFICIENT CAUSALITY
12. Efficient Causality and the Primal Limiting Law of Thermodynamics
13. More on how Chains of Events Begin
14. Using Empirical Evidence to Free Ourselves from the Fallacies

THIRD ARGUMENT: FROM CONTINGENCY
15. Contingency vs. Necessity
16. The Third Proof Revised: Necessity and Contingencies

FOURTH ARGUMENT: GRADATIONS IN TRUTH AND VALUE
17. Augustine on God as Truth Itself
18. Aquinas’ Fourth Proof: from Gradations in Truth and Value
19. Science and Moral Values: How to Avoid Becoming Psychopaths

FIFTH ARGUMENT: FROM DESIGN
20. Aquinas’ Two Versions of the Fifth Proof
21. The Eighteenth-Century Version: Watchmaker and Architect
22. The Appearance of Intelligent Life as Universal Goal

Part V. Concluding Thoughts
23. Coming to Know God through Direct Experience
24. The Spiritual Dimension of Thomas Aquinas’s Life and Works

Notes
Bibliography



St. Thomas Aquinas and Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris

Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris was being built during St. Thomas Aquinas' lifetime