The Kalam Cosmological Argument

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The cosmological argument is the idea that God’s existence can be shown likely by appealing to known facts about how the universe works. The Kalam Cosmological Argument is a variation of that argument. Popularized by William Lane Craig, it addresses the question of the universe’s beginning, and its logical cause.

At its most basic, the ideas are simple:

  1. Everything that begins to exist has a cause.
  2. The universe began to exist.
  3. Therefore, the universe has a cause.

If the first two are true, then the third must also be true. This is the structure of a basic philosophical argument. #1 appears indisputable: we don’t observe things happening without a cause. We may not fully understand the cause, but we have no evidence that things happen on their own. #2 seems apparent based on all of the available physical evidence. Therefore, #3 seems likely.

That doesn’t mean that the Bible is true, or that the cause of the universe is God as the Bible describes Him. It simply means that the universe has a cause. If we grant that this is true, then some basic implications are clear: that the cause of the universe must be an uncaused, personal creator who is timeless, immaterial, immensely powerful, and who has no beginning.

Videos by William Lane Craig

Below is the series of videos explaining the Kalam Cosmological Argument. The most difficult part, perhaps, is the idea that – within time – there can be no eternity in the past. An actual infinite number of past events is a logical absurdity… but, because this is the target for many skeptics, Dr. Craig spends a fair amount of time on that bit.

Part One: Scientific

Part Two: Philosophical

I’ll add more as they are created, or corollary videos in response to your comments.

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