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Cosmic Wonder and Cosmological Arguments for God

C. Stephen Evans

in Natural Signs and Knowledge of God

Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780199217168
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191712401 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199217168.003.0003
Cosmic Wonder and Cosmological Arguments for God

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This chapter argues that a theistic natural sign pointing to God's existence lies at the core of cosmological arguments; this sign is called “cosmic wonder” and is sometimes elicited by considering questions like “Why is there something rather than nothing?” The author first explains some of the different types of the cosmological arguments, argues that the Easy Resistibility Principle explains why we should not be surprised that they fail as conclusive proofs, and considers the thesis that Cosmic Wonder is the source of the persistent intuition that undergirds the arguments. Finally, it is argued that traditional theists, non‐traditional theists, and non‐theists often sense the force of Cosmic Wonder. This fact indicates that it is widely accessible as a sign.

Keywords: cosmological arguments; Aquinas; Cosmic Wonder; Swinburne; first cause; necessary being; contingent being

Chapter.  11046 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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