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The Cosmological Argument from Plato to Leibniz: (Library of Philosophy and Religion)

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William Lane Craig (PhD, University of Birmingham, England) is research professor of philosophy at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University and lives in Marietta, GA.
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Product Details

  • Series: Library of Philosophy and Religion
  • Paperback: 318 pages
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock Pub (October 13, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579107877
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579107871
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.7 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,701,357 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This books is great in multiple ways. First of all, it presents all of the versions of the argument spoken about in the text in a way that will deepen one's understanding of the cosmological arguments that have been given by the great thinkers through history. Second, it will spark one's interest in researching the topic even further. Third, it is a great companion book to any philosophy of religion course that takes a look at the cosmological argument. As a student of philosophy, I give it two thumbs up.
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For those of higher learning, this is a book that will explain how the philosophers from Plato to Leibniz speak of the cosmological argument even when the early philosophers were not even intending to prove theism.

As one who has little training in philosophy and the cosmological argument, I found this book extremely helpful. From the beginning, in the preface, Craig simply summarizes the cosmological concept in a few points, and he explains the strengths and weakness of the book itself. As for the rest of the book, Craig is great at bringing the arguments of the philosopher into both the context of the times of the philosopher and the matter of theism. If the essay discussion of the arguments seem confusing, Craig outlines the argument after each discussion to summarize the points. By reading this book with patience and an application of logic one can discover the causes from the natural world that point towards God and the character of God.
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Scientific Evidence Trumps Philosophical Argumentation:

Of all the different philosophical proofs of God's existence, I found the various versions of the Cosmological Argument to be the most convincing; however, ONLY when the premises and conclusion are backed-up by tons of convincing Scientific Evidence.

Even the Cosmological Proof of God's Existence becomes absolutely pointless and worthless, unless there is copious amounts of Scientific Evidence backing up every premise and the conclusion as well.

In the end, it always ends up being the Scientific Evidence which convinces you that God really does exist, and not the philosophical proof itself.

Scientific Evidence, Observational Evidence, Empirical Evidence, and Experiential Evidence trump philosophical sophistry every time! A philosophical proof is absolutely worthless unless the premises and the conclusion are backed-up by lots of EVIDENCE.

Faith or trust in true evidence, produces a True Faith or a True Belief.

Faith or trust in false evidence, produces a False Faith or a False Belief.

ALL faith or belief or trust is based upon EVIDENCE. If there is no evidence, then there will be no faith. I have absolutely no faith in the philosophical proofs that are lacking evidence or run contrary to the Scientific Evidence.

When it comes to the Cosmological Argument, I have purchased a few books from William Lane Craig. He has become the world-wide philosophical expert on the Cosmological Argument. If you want to learn the best and received the best evidence on a subject, then you go to the best.

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For a nice selection of different philosophical proofs for God's existence, check out the little book "Does God Exist?" by William Lane Craig.
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I like the way William Lane Craig has wrote the book it is so clear and easy to understand. He has also covered the issues he discussing adequately i feel.
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By TY on May 20, 2015
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Comprehensive and rigorous (and a goof reference if one is interested in such cosmological arguments)
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