The Kalām Cosmological Argument


What is the Kalām Cosmological Argument?
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The Kalām Cosmological Argument contends for a first cause of the universe. Although it has had numerous defenders through the centuries, it has received new life in the recent works of William Lane Craig. Craig has defended this argument in both his written work as well as various debates. Craig also concludes that cause of the universe must be a personal agent due to the fact that only two things are know to cause things to happen the physical laws and personal agents. If the laws of nature came into existence at the big bang then it would follow that the only other logical explanation for the existence of the universe would be an personal agent.

William Lane Craig formulates the Kalām Cosmological Argument as follows:
  1. Everything that begins to exist has a cause of its existence.
  2. The universe began to exist.
  3. Therefore, the universe has a cause of its existence.

  4. Biblical Reflection

    As i reflect on this argument I am reminded of Genesis 1:1 which says "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth." Also in Jeremiah 10:12 we read "But God made the earth by his power, and he preserves it by his wisdom. With his own understanding he stretched out the heavens." 

    As we explore creation let consider the purpose behind it all. Science reveals a universe so vast and so amazing that we would seem to be insignificant. While the bible quickly moves from its account of creation to the story of humanity. We should stand amazed that the God of all creation would set his eyes on us.

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