CA is valuable for religious faith
Promotes the belief in God as creator.
E.g. 2W: there is a need for an uncaused cause that started the chain of events that caused all other events to happen.
There must be a God who is an eternal being.
This proves the need for a God who was outside time.
Provides a clear explanation as to why there is something rather than nothing.
E.g. 3W: every cause in chain of causes is dependant on God for its existence.
Portrays God as being eternal and external - Necessary Being.
CA is not valuable for religious faith
Promotes the idea of a remote God that does not have a relationship with his people.
E.g. God is outside time and space.
It does not prove the God of classical theism as it suggests that he is a distant God.
Many people believe God is at the centre of O and they can have a relationship with him.
Faith nurtured more from scripture than intellectual theories.
E.g. Philippians 1:6 'God who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion.'
Faith is developed through reading God's word and not through man-made theories.
Faith only grows by the study of scripture and God's strength, it does not depend on anything else.