Cause and a Beginning


11 January 2019

Something does not come from nothing. Scientists and philosophers have long agreed that “from nothing, nothing comes.” To conclude otherwise is to violate one of the foundational principles of the scientific enterprise: causality. To claim that the universe is uncaused is ultimately absurd.

To claim that the universe is self-caused would likewise be absurd. The big problem is that if the universe created itself, it would have had to exist and not exist at the same time.

Let’s look at it philosophically. An eternal universe would include an infinite series of causes and effects that would never lead to a first cause or starting point. This is known as an infinite regress, which is philosophically impossible. One cannot assert that this finite thing caused this finite thing, and another finite thing caused the first one, and on and on into eternity past, because this merely puts off the explanation indefinitely. Regardless of how many finite causes are in the past, eventually one of them would have to both cause its own existence and be an effect of that cause at the same moment. This is absurd !

If the universe is not uncaused, if it is not self-caused, if it is not eternal, the atheist is in a real dilemma to explain where the universe came from. Atheism cannot explain why there is something rather than nothing.

Pearl of wisdom: Out of nothing, nothing comes. But something exists. Where did it come from?


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