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Arguing for Atheism 1: Must the Universe have a cause?


The author confronts the cosmological argument, mostly on the grounds that we can’t infer from causation we’re familiar with that the universe has a cause because all causes we know of must occur within time, whereas the cause of the universe would have to occur before time. He states that causes must come before their effects, but William Lane Craig would say that a cause can occur at the same time as the effect, like a ball on a pillow causing the dent. The cause and effect here exist at the same time. Does this demand a response from Le Poidevin, and does it answer the objection well enough?

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