Essay on The Main Strengths of the Cosmological Argument

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The Main Strengths of the Cosmological Argument There are many strengths within the Cosmological Argument which have proven theories and ways to prove the existence of God. Many of these strengths have come from such scholars as; Copleston, Aquinas and Leibniz, all of which have put together major points to prove the existence of a non-contingent being.

One of the main strengths of the Cosmological Argument is from Aquinas way I that was about motion. This would be a posteriori argument because you need to gather evidence from the world around you. Aquinas stated that “Whatever is put in motion, is put in motion by another”, by this he is saying that
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Nothing in this world can move by itself, there will always be something moving it.

Another strength is from Aquinas way II that was about cause. He states that “nothing is ever found to be the efficient cause of itself” thus meaning that nothing can reproduce by itself or create itself. Yet it could be said that the matter which created the earth was created by itself. Nevertheless if that were true then that would mean that matter was non-contingent and would mean we are all non-contingent however we are because everything has a beginning and an end.

One criticism of the Cosmological Argument asks why cannot God not be the originator and now no longer exist? On the other hand Copleston replied with his “In Esse” theory that God has to be there for everything to exist. Without God we would not be here, because he is non-contingent being and outside of time he will always be there (whom created the universe). Like the example of a man counting back from infinity and not being able to find the man counting, it would be the same with finding God. If we looked so far into the future or in the past, not matter how far we looked God would always be there because he is a necessary being, created by himself and thus can not cease to exist. This relates to the theory of a Necessary being. Lane Craig said, “God did ex nihilo” when creating the

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