Monday, November 17, 2014

CCS SLEW -- "Is There A Good Reason To Believe In A Creator?"

Do we have any reason to believe that there is evidence that someone outside of the universe actually created it? Well, yes we do. The logic of thinking this way begins with what we call the Kalam Cosmological Argument. Fancy word, simple concept:
1) Anything that begins to exist must have a cause adequate to explain it.
2) The universe began to exist.
3) Therefore, the universe must have a cause adequate to explain it.

The first "premise" of the argument seems to be obviously true. Cakes don't bake themselves. Houses don't build themselves. Paintings don't paint themselves. If you hear a knock at your front door, you don't assume that it knocked itself. Each of these things requires a "cause" -- Cakes require bakers; houses require builders; paintings require artists. None of this is controversial.

So, don't worry about the second line of the argument yet. Just consider this: If we have evidence that our universe came into existence at some point in the past, it is perfectly reasonable to conclude that there must be a "cause" for that too. Not only must there be a cause, but when the "effect" is the entire universe -- everything physical thing we know to exist or have ever existed -- the "cause" of that must be immensely powerful.

It must be something like what we call, "God."

Related Blog Posts
Creation's Common Ground 
A Christian View of Science
How to Perfectly Know the Existence of God (this is a little advanced but very good)

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