Hi i'm Josh and I am new to Atheist Republic.
I am a Theist but want to learn more about Atheism, especially about its response to the Kalam Cosmological Argument. I'm sure this is an argument most of us have heard of before and would like to hear some of your responses to it. In case anyone does not know the argument, it goes like this:
1) Everything that begins to exist has a cause
2) The universe began to exist
3) Therefore, the universe has a cause
To further explain premise one, it is important to understand the Law of Causality, which means that every effect in our universe has a cause. Nowhere in our universe do things move, change, or begin to exist without a cause. Also, it is impossible to have a being come from a non-being (by being I mean something that has existence). In other words, every being that has a beginning is dependent upon another being for its existence.
Premise two is based in various scientific discoveries and principals. These include the Second Law of Thermodynamics, universal red shift, radiation afterglow, galaxy seeds, and the logical impossibility of infinite regress. These can easily be found online so I wont go into detail but am happy to explain if needed.
With these two premises, the conclusion must be that the universe had a cause for its existence. Understand that I am not arguing that this cause is God but this cause must be uncaused, outside of, and independent of the universe. I am curious about your responses and open to discussion/ any questions you may have.
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