Nov 3, 2011

102 When Kalam goes ka-plop

Believer says: The Kalam Cosmological Argument is a sound argument that the uncaused cause of the cosmos is God. 

But skeptic says: Well, theists may assume that they get off to a good start with the introduction to Kalam. The Kalam Argument: 

1. Everything that begins to exist has a cause.

2. The universe had a beginning. 

3. Therefore the universe has a cause. 

4. That cause is God (a popular extension to the Kalam argument).  

5. God is an uncaused cause (another popular extension to the Kalam argument).

Of course modern astronomy agrees with the Kalam premise that “the universe began to exist.” However, physicists don’t know how the cosmos came. They assume that a pre-existing energy field was the cause. Kalam doesn’t carry us very far about it, the cause of the universe. 

Kalam doesn’t talk about a creator God but theists mix Genesis (“in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth”) with Kalam. They say "God did it" and make it part of Kalam. They preach in disguise, "I believe Genesis chapter 1 and take it on faith." I say theists should skip Kalam altogether (it can't help them) and should just say they believe Genesis. At least they would save time!

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