Cosmological Argument PowerPoint

by Max Andrews

I have an old PPT I’ve been using in my lectures on the cosmological arguments and I thought I’d share it here for others to use since I’ll be revamping them in the meantime.  In this PPT document I discuss the Lebnizian cosmological argument, the Thomistic cosmological argument, and the Kalam cosmological argument.  This was delivered to an introductory level philosophy course so it’s certainly not exhaustive.  Feel free to use any of the material in your teaching opportunities or for your own edification.

Leibnizian Argument:

1.Anything that exists has an explanation of its existence, either in the necessity of its own nature or in an external cause.
2.If the universe has an explanation of its existence, that explanation is God.
3.The universe exists.
4.Therefore the universe has an explanation of its existence. (from 1, 3)
5.Therefore, the explanation of the existence of the universe is God. (from 2, 4)

Thomastic Argument:

1.What we observe in this universe is contingent.
2.A sequence of causally related contingent things cannot be infinite.
3.The sequence of causally dependent contingent things must be finite.
4.There must be a first cause in the sequence of contingent causes.

Kalam Argument:

1.Whatever begins to exist has a cause.
2.The universe began to exist.
3.Therefore, the universe had a cause.


One Comment to “Cosmological Argument PowerPoint”

  1. Thanks for the PP

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