jdhomrighausen (jdhomrighausen) wrote in theologia,

Origin of God in Scholasticism?

I'm doing a paper for history of philosophy on Hobbes vs. Descartes on the origin of the God-concept.  Chapter 12 of the Leviathan lays out a theory of how people come to form ideas of deities - seeing causation, needing to explain things, etc.  Descartes, on the other hand, contests that his clear and distinct perception of God is something which he could not have made himself, since it is so radically different from anything in his experience.  Did Descartes get this idea from his Scholastic education?  What would Aquinas have said about this?

Thanks in advance.

EDIT: Just to clarify, I am asking a question about history of philosophy, not asking whether or not Descartes was right.  :)
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