Tuesday, June 14, 2016

The Ontologi-Kalam-alogical Argument

The more I learn about Tim Stratton and Free Thinking Ministries, the more I appreciate their work.  Stratton is a logician who has a gift for presenting arguments in a new, fresh way.  Last week we featured his Free Thinking Argument.  This week, I wanted to highlight a clever argument Tim devised by combining the Ontological Argument and the Kalam Cosmological Argument.  He calls it the "Ontologi-Kalam-alogical" Argument!

It is as follows:

1- It is logically possible that the cause of the universe the Kalam argues for exists (in a possible world).
2- If it is possible that the Kalam’s cause of the universe exists, then this cause exists necessarily in some possible world.
3- If this cause exists necessarily in some possible world, then this cause exists necessarily in all possible worlds (i.e., mathematical truths, logical laws, shape definitions, etc).
4- If this cause exists in all possible worlds, then this cause exists in the actual world.
5- If this cause of the universe exists in the actual world, then this cause of the universe (God) exists.

You can see how Stratton unpacks it here!  

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad

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