The cosmological argument for proving god's existence has a number of clear strengths and weaknesses personally, however, i would argue that the argument's criticisms outweigh its strengths, thereby making it a weak argument for proving god's existence. The kalam cosmological argument as presented by william lane craig is as follows: 1 whatever begins to exist has a cause of its existence 2 the universe began to exist 5 that cause is god most times i see this argument refuted it is done between step 3 and 5 i think a more fundamental problem. Premise (2), whatever is moved is moved by another, conflicts with the notion of god in this argument as that of something unmoved, ie, that of the unmoved mover god, then, is an the exception to the truth of premise (2. Aquinas' cosmological argument for the existence of god st thomas aquinas (1224-1274) was a dominican priest, theologian, and philosopher called the doctor angelicus (the angelic doctor,) aquinas is considered one the greatest christian philosophers to have ever lived.
Published: mon, 5 dec 2016 in this paper i will argue that anselm's ontological argument for the existence of god is indeed adequate for establishing the necessary existence of the greatest conceivable being. Of the kalām cosmological argument is also a denial of the ﬁrst premise, despite smith's avowal that he now accepts the conclusion that the universe has a cause for its existence quentin smith, kalām cosmological. And this means that premise 4 in the cosmological argument is still in question and so the strength of that argument is still in doubt of course, what you've just read is not the final word about the cosmological argument. [the kalam cosmological] argument only commits one to the necessity of god as an eternal and uncaused being, properties that characterise what philosophers for the last 20 years have been calling a.
The cosmological argument commits the fallacy of composition that is, it assumes that if everything in the universe has a cause, that the totality of the universe must also have a cause but this is a fallacy - just because a statement is true for all members of a set doesn't mean it is true for the set as a whole. Phil 342 handout 8 cosmological arguments i thomas aquinas' five ways a summary of the five ways: 1 argument from motion: things are in motion, but their motion is caused by the motion of other things. A popular version of the cosmological argument goes like this: 1 everything that begins to exist has a cause 2 the universe began to exist 3 therefore, the universe had a cause  now, as we have previously written, premise (1) enjoys at least 3 lines of reasoning that support it: something. The third major class of philosophical argument for the existence of god -- cosmological arguments -- argue for the existence of god on the basis of the fact that the world exists as we'll see, cosmological arguments come in different types.
The cosmological argument points to the first cause of the universe as someone that has always existed that is a part of the argument the argument points that there must be something that did not have a cause. In sum, clarke's modern formulation of the cosmological argument proves to be as strong as his principal premise - all beings must have causes and the acceptance of such a premise is arguable the argument fails to stand up against the stream of objections and criticisms. The third premise of the kalam cosmological argument states that the universe has a cause of its existence craig believes that if he has shown this premise to be true, he has proven the existence of the theistic god. Cosmological argument for the existence of god the cosmological argument is actually a family of arguments that seek to demonstrate the existence of a sufficient reason or first cause of the existence of the cosmos. The cosmological argument is the argument that the existence of the world or universe is strong evidence for the existence of a god who created it the existence of the universe, the argument claims, stands in need of explanation, and the only adequate explanation of its existence is that it was created by god.
The fourth way: argument from gradation of being there is a gradation to be found in things: some are better or worse than others predications of degree require reference to the uttermost case (eg, a thing is said to be hotter according as it more nearly resembles that which is hottest. The cosmological argument has often been heralded as the most potent of the arguments for god as i will demonstrate, it's rather damningly poor amongst many arguments for the existence of god, the cosmological argument has been heralded even by some atheists as the most potent and convincing but that's not saying much. The argument is perfectly circular because the truth of the first premise 1) depends on the conclusion 3) being true every single thing that exists has multiple causes and in fact exists because of an entire very long chain of causes which in all cases ends at the beginning of the universe.
Defenders series 2 existence of god sections 6 - 13 questions about the kalam cosmological argument debate on the kalam argument defenders videos stephen hawking in the news a rabbi looks at the kalam argument a universe from nothing - part 1 a universe from nothing - part 2 a universe from nothing - part 3 more objections to kalam creation. A critique of the cosmological argument paul edwards i the so-called cosmological proof is one of the oldest and most popular arguments for the existence of god. One philosophical argument promoting this premise involves the logical impossibility of creating an actual infinite number of events in physical space and time to exist for example, if you start counting 1, 2, 3 you could count forever and never reach a time when you finish counting to infinity. The argument to be made here is a form of the cosmological argument which originated in the philosophy of plato and aristotle, and was refined by thomas aquinas with the advances of modern science, the version i will provide will be perhaps clearer for some than the form set forth by aquinas.
The thomistic cosmological argument premise of the ca with it is possible the conclusion then is that it is possible that an uncaused first cause exists this. The cosmological argument is a family of arguments which seek to demonstrate the existence of a sufficient reason or first cause of the existence of the cosmos the roll of the defenders of this argument reads like a who's who of western philosophy: plato, aristotle, ibn sina, al-ghazali, maimonides, anselm, aquinas, scotus, descartes, spinoza.
Ontological argument: the premises the conclusion of the ontological argument, as formulated by alvin plantinga and others, depends on a form of modal axiom s5 (which contends that if the truth of a proposition is possible, then it is possible in all worlds. In this video, william lane craig sets atheist peter slezak straight on the first premise of the kalam cosmological argument category education show more show less. - 2 - these, the argument from contingency, has come to be known specifically as the cosmological argument according to aquinas, it is an observed fact that some things have a beginning and an ending.