The Cosmological Argument

Richard Swinburne

in The Existence of God

Published in print March 1991 | ISBN: 9780198239635
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598609 | DOI:

Series: Clarendon Paperbacks

 The Cosmological Argument

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The cosmological argument is the argument to God from the existence of a complex physical universe. God can create such a universe (by keeping it in existence as long as it exists ‐ whether for a finite or infinite time) and has some reason to do so because it is a theatre for finite agents which they can shape and in which they can develop. But it is a far less simple beginning of things than is God, and so a priori not to be expected but for the action of God.

Keywords: cosmological argument; cosmology; God

Chapter.  7883 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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