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The Kalam Cosmological Argument

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So why doesn't a maximally great unicorn exist?

 

I think there might be some validity to the argument that the definition of 'maximally great' contains the conclusion implicit in it.

So the argument reduces to God exists because he must exist. Which may be true, but is not really very convincing.

 

The video explains it well (although 'pizza' may not have been the best example to use for a counter-point.)

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So why doesn't a maximally great unicorn exist?

 

I think there might be some validity to the arbument that the definition of 'maximally great' contains the conclusion implicit in it.

So the argument reduces to God exists because he must exist. Which may be true, but is not really very convincing.

 

The video explains it well (although 'pizza' may not have been the best example to use for a counter-point.)

Sorry atpollard but I am a bit confused. This isn't the Ontological Argument but the Kalam Cosmological Argument.

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Sorry atpollard but I am a bit confused. This isn't the Ontological Argument but the Kalam Cosmological Argument.

 

Oops. I watched a bunch of them.

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Sorry atpollard but I am a bit confused. This isn't the Ontological Argument but the Kalam Cosmological Argument.

 

OK, rewatched it to refresh my memory.

Yeah, this was a good argument for a 'first cause'. It doesn't quite get to an irrefutable 'God' of Christianity as the only possible 'first cause' (and that was not its intention), but it forces atheism to attempt to explain an effect without a cause. I checked out several 'refutation' videos and they were all very weak, at best amounting to "we don't know for sure what might have existed before the universe, so we can't observe that it created the universe".

 

Which is the equivalent of saying "I'll believe in gravity when I can hold it in my hand".

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Yeah, this was a good argument for a 'first cause'. It doesn't quite get to an irrefutable 'God' of Christianity as the only possible 'first cause' (and that was not its intention), but it forces atheism to attempt to explain an effect without a cause.
I think that is an excellent point when comes to these arguments. While they do lay a foundation for belief in a deity, only a revelation from God Himself can us bring to the one true God of the Bible.

 

 

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I think that is an excellent point when comes to these arguments. While they do lay a foundation for belief in a deity, only a revelation from God Himself can us bring to the one true God of the Bible.

 

 

Using Aquinas here, and keeping Romans 1 in mind.

 

At the very end of the video the narrator came to the conclusion that "it is then very reasonable to believe in God". I noticed the video uses the laws of logic, which seemingly reaches a limitation and results in a "reasonable faith". Wouldn't "reason" itself present a problem for the atheist in making a counter argument (besides its cause), because it falls short of faith? Reason accompanies faith but does not actually result in faith. Reason inquires about what is to be believed before it believes (presupposition).

 

Origen, you stated that "God himself can bring us to the one true God of the Bible". Agreed, another words, it is necessary for man to receive through faith not only things which are above reason, but also those which can be known by reason which at its very best can only prove that God exists but cannot convince an unbeliever to believe in God.

 

I am amazed about the theological consistency with the Reformed view of regeneration preceding faith. According to Aquinas, “The assent of faith, which is its principal act, therefore, has as its cause God, moving us inwardly through grace.” “Belief is, of course, a matter of the believer’s will, but a person’s will needs to be prepared by God through his grace in order to be lifted up to what surpasses nature”.

 

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William

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Reading the Premise 1, it is applicable in the Universe but how can we know it is applicable outside the Universe. We don't know the laws outside the Universe and using our laws without evidence is a big mistake.

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