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Did God create the universe? Is his existence required to explain how and why something exists, rather than nothing? The Cosmological Argument for the existence of God says “Yes.” Here, we consider six objections to three variants of that argument – the First Cause Argument, the Temporal First Cause Argument, and the Sustaining First Cause Argument.
This podcast is part of ReligionCasts – my series of podcasts on the philosophy of religion.
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- Duration: 30:36
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- Tags: Christianity, Cosmology, Creationism, God, Metaphysics, Philosophy, Physics, Religion, Science, Theology, Thomas Aquinas
- Review of the Cosmological Arguments
- Objection #1: The cause need not be God
- Objection #2: Cosmological Arguments push the mystery one step back
- Objection #3: Cosmological Arguments depend on the fallacy of composition
- Objection #4: Cosmological Arguments are mistaken quests for a cause of universe
- Objection #5: First Cause Arguments depend on confusions about infinity
- Objection #6: The Necessary Cause Argument depends on a problematic distinction between necessary and contingent
- PDF of Relevant Readings for This Episode
- Bible: New Revised Standard Version: web, hardcover, and kindle
- Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology by Ayn Rand
- Atheism: The Case Against God by G.H. Smith
- Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy: Cosmological Argument
- The Miracle of Theism by J.L. Mackie
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