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November 28, 2014
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the first cause argument), and the modal "argument from contingency".
The main distinguishing feature between these two arguments is the way in which they evade an initial objection to the argument, introduced with a question: "Does God have a cause of his existence?"
To explain this objection, and how the two forms of cosmological argument evade it, I'll use a simple, generic statement of the cosmological argument:
The Simple Cosmological Argument
(1) Everything that exists has a cause of its existence...
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Without God there is one entity the existence of which we cannot explain, namely the universe; with God there is one entity the existence of which we cannot explain, namely God. Positing the existence of God, then, raises as many problems as it solves, and so the cosmological argument leaves us in no better position than it found us, with one entity the existence of which we cannot explain...
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