first cause

first cause
noun Date: 14th century the self-created ultimate source of all being

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  • First Cause — Theol. God. [1895 1900] * * * In philosophy, the uncreated or self created cause to which every series of causes must ultimately be traced. Used by ancient Greek thinkers, the concept was adopted by the Christian tradition and became the basis of …   Universalium

  • first cause — noun an agent that is the cause of all things but does not itself have a cause God is the first cause • Syn: ↑prime mover, ↑primum mobile • Hypernyms: ↑causal agent, ↑cause, ↑causal agency * * * …   Useful english dictionary

  • first cause — /fɜst ˈkɔz/ (say ferst kawz) noun a cause which does not depend upon another: God is the first cause …   Australian-English dictionary

  • First Cause — noun Philosophy a supposed ultimate cause of all events, which does not itself have a cause, identified with God …   English new terms dictionary

  • first cause — noun That which causes everything else; the ultimate creative force or being behind the universe, identified with God by such Christian thinkers as . Syn: first mover, prime mover …   Wiktionary

  • first cause —  Первопричина …   Вестминстерский словарь теологических терминов

  • first cause argument — One of the classic arguments for the existence of God. Every event in the natural world has a preceding cause. But this opens up a regress of causes stretching back forever in time. To stop the regress we must postulate a first cause, and this… …   Philosophy dictionary

  • first-cause argument — /ferrst kawz /, Philos. an argument for the existence of God, asserting the necessity of an uncaused cause of all subsequent series of causes, on the assumption that an infinite regress is impossible. Cf. cosmological argument. * * * …   Universalium

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