4.06.2011

Eternal Matter?

For everything that has being subsequent to non-being is changed from non-being to being.

Change or motion presupposes some subject because change is the act of a mobile insofar as it is mobile.

The subject of motion must be prior to the change from non-being to being.

The subject of motion cannot be the thing produced because the thing is the term or end of the motion.

Therefore some subject must be prior to the change from non-being to being.

If this subject was itself produced, then it, too, came from some subject or potency.

We cannot infinitely regress, so we must come to some matter which was not made prior to a state of non-existence.

Therefore, there is some matter which is eternal.

Two posts ago, we said that God created with no pre-existing matter. But this argument concludes to some always-existing matter. Whatever shall we do?

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