JT told me to blog about the “Argument for god that gave you the most trouble for the longest time.”
You’re going to laugh:
I had a really hard time with the cosmological argument. You know (from wiki):
Of course, theists define god, in part, as a being that has always existed, and thus never “began to exist” and thus had no cause. which is obviously special pleading.
A version of the cosmological argument could be stated as follows:
- Every finite and contingent being has a cause.
- A causal loop cannot exist.
- A causal chain cannot be of infinite length.
- Therefore, a First Cause (or something that is not an effect) must exist.
According to the argument, the existence of the Universe requires an explanation, and the creation of the Universe by a First Cause, generally assumed to be God, is that explanation.
- Whatever begins to exist has a cause.
- The Universe began to exist.
- Therefore, the Universe had a cause.
My main problem was not so much this argument but… how DID the universe begin? I provisionally accept the scientific consensus that the universe began with the big bang, and hat the big bang arose out of a singularity, and that even asking what came “before” the singularity is nonsensical because time and space did not exist when the universe was a singularity and the laws of physics don’t really apply.
Clearly though, a singularity would be a rather unstable state for a universe to be in. No wonder people like “god” – its so much simpler. Our brains aren’t meant to understand things like singularities.
This is post 21/24 by Christina for the SSA blogathon in support of the Secular Student Alliance! Go donate to them!