“Kalam Infinity Arguments and the Infinite Past”

 

A view of Montserrat with clouds
Montserrat, near Barcelona (Wikimedia Commons)

 

Many, though not all, criticisms of Mormonism and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are fairly shallow and rather obviously flawed.

 

The so-called “kalam infinity argument” is not one of those.  Drawn from the works of medieval Islamic philosophical theologians — hence the Arabic word kalam, which literally means “speech” but, in this context, refers to a kind of dialectical theology that flourished in Islamic circles from at least the 800s AD — it’s a serious piece of thinking.

 

Blake Ostler responds to an attempt by the evangelical philosophers Paul Copan and William Lane Craig — both of whom I’ve met and for both of whom I have considerable respect — to apply the kalam infinity argument to Mormonism:

 

http://blakeostler.com/docs/Kalam.pdf

 

Posted from Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

 

 

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