The first cause may be of a non-physical nature

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Parent debateThis argument is used in the debate Does God exist?.
Argument againstThis argument is an objection to The universe has no cause or reason for being.
Keywords: Cosmological argument, First cause, Causality, Reason for being, God[ edit ].



“The reasons for claiming a cause have not disappeared: the essential point in our case is that the universe came into existence at a moment in the past. The fact that this radical beginning was not preceded by a physical moment doesn't change anything essential: there is indeed a first moment in the universe's existence, which has actually elapsed to make way for the next moment, and which naturally calls for a cause, an explanation. That this first moment was not preceded by a physical moment does not imply that it had no cause; it only implies that it had no physical cause. The only way out would be to assert that physical being arose from absolute nothingness - in other words, that nothing generated something.”

Frédéric Guillaud, God exists, p.234, Éditions du Cerf, Paris, 2013.


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