Everything has a cause, and God in particular

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Parent debateThis argument is used in the debate Does God exist?.
Keywords: Cosmological argument, First cause, God[ edit ].


The first cause argument is a paralogism.


“If everything must have a cause, then God must have a cause. If there is something that has no cause, it can be the world as well as God, so this argument has no value.”

Bertrand Russell, “Why I'm not a Christian”, Marriage and morality, 10/18, 1997.



Arguments forJustifications

Arguments againstObjections

  • Argument againstNot "everything" but "every effect" has a cause
  • Argument againstGod is timeless, therefore causeless
  • Argument againstThe world had a beginning and therefore has a first cause.
  • Argument againstGod is precisely defined by the being that is by itself, and is therefore its own cause: existence itself.

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