Cosmological Argument Quotes

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Richard Swinburne, The Existence of God
A may be explained by B, and B by C, but in the end there will be some one object on who all other objects depend.
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Aquinas (First Way), Summa Theologica
Now whatever is moved is moved by another... but this cannot go on to infinity
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Aquinas (Third Way), Summa Theologica
we cannot but admit the existence of some being having itself its own necessity, and not recieving it from another
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Frederick Copleston
if you add up contingent beings to infinity, you still get contingent beings, not a necessary being. An infinite series of contingent beings weill be, to my way of thinking, as unable to cause itself as one contingent being.
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William Craig, The Kalam Cosmological Argument
If the universe began to exist, and if the universe is caused, then the casue of the universe must be a personal being who freely chooses to create the world
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Davin , Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion
This is sufficiently explained in explaining the cause of the parts. (In relation to asking what caused each part of something and then what caused the whole thing)
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Bertrand Russell
the universe is just there and that's all
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Stephen Hawkins, A Brief History of Time
So long as the universe had a beginning, we could suppose it had a creator.
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Gottfried Leibniz
If you suppose the world eternal, you will suppose nothing but a sucession of states, and will not find any of them a sufficient reason.
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