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A. The cause of the cause of that must also have a cause B. You can’t keep doing this forever so there must be a first & uncaused cause C. The cause of that cause must also have a cause D. Therefore, God exists E. Every effect must have a cause F. The only thing that this could be is God Sort the Cosmological Argument into it’s correct logical order…
Every effect must have a cause The cause of that cause must also have a cause The cause of the cause of that must also have a cause You can’t keep doing this forever so there must be a first & uncaused cause The only thing that this could be is God Therefore, God exists Sort the Cosmological Argument into it’s correct logical order…
Cosmological Argument Origins Of The Universe
Capture the learning Describe the Cosmological Argument using these key words: cause, effect, forever, uncaused, first cause, God
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Capture the learning Describe the Cosmological Argument
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Definition of terms The terms "a priori" and "a posteriori" are used in philosophy to distinguish two different types of knowledge, justification, or argument: 'a priori knowledge' is known independently of experience (conceptual knowledge) "a posteriori knowledge" is proven through experience.
To what extent do you accept the Cosmological argument?
Accepting the First Cause / Cosmological Argument A matter of faith – you just need to believe that God was the First Cause without evidence Having a First cause means there is no infinity First cause fits with ideas about God as creator To say that God is uncaused is not a contradiction because God is special How else could we have got here? Who / what else could have been the first cause? Science and mathematics backs up the concept of cause and effect
Rejecting the First Cause / Cosmological Argument The argument contradicts itself by saying all things require a cause but God does not If God doesn’t need a cause, why doesn’t the universe? What caused God? Even if you go with the assumption that an uncaused cause caused the universe this does not mean that this is a Christian God or that Christians can have a relationship with this God Deist – Theist jump Quantum physics suggests that things can spontaneously appear with no apparent cause Why can’t the universe have gone on forever?
Exam-style questions a) What are the strengths of the first cause argument? b) Describe weaknesses of cosmological argument?
Evaluating the Cosmological Argument Sort the arguments into 3 piles: STRENGTHS WEAKNESSES I DON’T UNDERSTAND YET! Rank the arguments (best at top, worst at bottom), keeping them in their piles Choose the 3 best arguments from each side and merge them to form a ladder of arguments (best overall at the top working down) THIS IS HOW YOU PWN NASTY AE QUESTIONS!!!