1. Everything that begins to exist has a cause.
2. The universe began to exist.
3. Therefore, the universe has a cause.
Therefore, we argue, there must be a first cause who is self-existent (existing without a beginning, without a cause), immaterial and not bound by physical laws (since no space, matter, or physical laws existed before creation), and an agent with a will who chooses rather than whose actions are determined by prior events (since He began a new series of events in creation). That is the conclusion, but are the premises true? Rob asks a question about premise #2:
Why do we need a self-existent and eternal being to create the universe? Why can’t the universe itself be self-existent and eternal?
So how would you respond to this question? What reason do we have to think there is an eternal being rather than an eternal universe? Give us your ideas, and Brett will let you know how you did on Thursday.