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Kalam: A Swift Argument from Origins to First Cause?

John Taylor
Religious Studies
Vol. 33, No. 2 (Jun., 1997), pp. 167-179
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/20008089
Page Count: 13
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Abstract

This paper contains a critique of the 'Kalam' Cosmological Argument for a first cause of the universe as a whole. I argue that one of its major premises (that the universe began to exist) cannot be justified a priori from the paradoxes of the actual infinite, nor by appeal to current cosmological theories. But those who wish to infer from cosmology to the non-existence of a first cause also fail to make their case. I conclude with some morals for the project of natural theology.

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