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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 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9FJys7Pq-rQ
Capture the learning Describe the Cosmological Argument using these key words: cause, effect, forever, uncaused, first cause, God
Capture the learning Describe the Cosmological Argument
Evaluate this argument… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AXIlAQoe 5gw http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aq0sZfU WuGA
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!!!