Cosmological Argument

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What is the Cosmological argument?
The argument that existence of the universe is strong evidence for the existence of a God who created it
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Where is the argument from?
Summa Theologica - 'Five Ways'
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What are the three formulations of the argument?
Motion, Causation, Contingency
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What is Ex nihilo and how does it link in?
"Nothing can come from nothing" - The universe cannot account for it's own existence so God must be the cause
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What is the main point from motion?
There cannot be an infinite regress of things changing others - There must be a first changer
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What is the Prime Mover?
The first changer that started the chain of cause and effect seen in the universe
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What is the main point from causation?
Nothing causes itself - There has to be a first cause to start the chain
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What is the main point from contingency?
There must be something on which everything depends for its existence - This must be a necessary being
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Summa Theologica - 'Five Ways'

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Where is the argument from?

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Motion, Causation, Contingency

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"Nothing can come from nothing" - The universe cannot account for it's own existence so God must be the cause

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There cannot be an infinite regress of things changing others - There must be a first changer

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