God is the first cause of the universe

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Parent debateThis argument is used in the debate Does God exist?.
Argument forThis argument is a “pro” argument in the debate Does God exist?.
Keywords: cosmological argument, first cause, God, proof of God's existence[ edit ].


Looking at the universe, we see that every object has a cause, which in turn has a cause, and so, going up the chain of causes, we necessarily arrive at a first cause. God is this first cause.


“Nothing comes from nothing. Now, there is something; therefore, there has never been anything. This something could not have brought itself into existence, because to do so it would have had to exist before it, which is impossible. Therefore, something else had to bring it into existence. This something else is what Aristotle calls the incausal cause and the immobile motor. Aquinas concludes his proofs of God's existence by saying that it is this being that all men call God.”

E. Michael Jones, Logos Rising, p.13.


  • Frédéric Guillaud, Dieu existe, Éditions du Cerf, Paris, 2013.

Arguments forJustifications

  • Argument forThere should be nothing
  • Argument forThere cannot be an infinite number of causes
  • Argument forThere cannot be an infinite past
  • Argument forThe Big Bang, an absolute singularity, implies the existence of God
  • Argument forGod is the cause of the existence of beings
  • Argument forEverything that exists has a reason to exist
  • Argument forAtheism posits a primordial energy whose origin it can never explain.

Arguments againstObjections

  • Argument againstThe principle of causality does not apply to the universe
  • Argument againstThe universe has no cause or reason for being
  • Argument againstThe universe was created from nothing
  • Argument againstThe universe has no beginning
  • Argument againstThe universe is contingent
  • Argument againstThe first cause is the Big Bang
  • Argument againstThe first cause is an immaterial point
  • Argument againstEverything has a cause, and God in particular
  • Argument againstThere's no reason why God should be the first cause.
  • Argument againstThe first cause is unknowable
  • Argument againstGod is a filler concept

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