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The Kalām Cosmological Argument Paperback – May 24, 2000
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In part one, Dr. Craig gives a historical account of the Kalam argument. He first talks about the history of Arabic philosophy and it's relation to the Kalam argument. After this, Dr. Craig explains the Kalam models used by three Arabic theologians. They are, in order: al-Kindi, Saadia, and al-Ghazali. Some of thier aruments are, of course, a bit outdated and crude, but not all.
In the second part of The Kalam Cosmological Argument, Craig gives a modern defense. He formulates the argument as so:
1.)Everything that begins to exist has a cause of it's existence
2.)The universe began to exist
3.)Therefore, the universe has a cause
Since the second premis of the argument is obviously the most important, Dr. Craig defends this first in two ways. First, with two philosophical arguments, and second, with empirical evidence. In regards to the former, Dr. Craig argues that an actual infinite composed of definte and distinct finite members cannot exist in reality. He does this by showing the various paradoxes and absurdities that arise in inifite set theory (which may be fine for the realm of mathmatics but the results for the real world are too unbeliveable). He also gives "real life" examples such as Hilberts Hotel and Tristram Shandy. Since actual infinites cannot exist in reality, Dr. Craig reasons that an actual infinite temporal regress of events is an actual infinite and therefore an actual infinite temporal regress of events cannot exist. He then gives a second argument that has two do with actual infinites and time.Read more ›
I have seen Craig in debate numerous times, read one of his other books ("Reasonable Faith: Christian Truth and Apologetics) and he is the best intellectually respectable defenders of Christianity alive today. Comparing his debates to this book shows that Craig has a wide range and knows how to argue at a level appropriate to his audience. Craig can talk to the interested public and academic philosophers alike. This book definitely falls into the second category (Craig did his first Ph. D on it) and it is aimed at those who want a comprehensive defense of this one particular argument for God's existence.
The book is divided into two main sections. A historical review of the argument as it was originally presented by various Islamic philosophers about a thousand years ago starts the book. I found most of the arguments here comprehensible because Craig had the foresight to put the arguments into a chart, so that you can visually see the progression of the ideas. For most readers, this material will be completely new. Islamic philosophers are rarely covered in first year university and courses on such topics are few and far between.
The second section is the modern defense of the kalam cosmological argument. Craig arguments are of two types; philosophical (using mathematics as his evidence) and scientific or empirical (using astronomy and physics as his evidence). The mathematics arguments are extremely difficult to follow and I think most readers will only understand parts of it.Read more ›
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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... Read more
The Cosmological (Kalam) Argument
This is a favourite of Dr. William Lane Craig. It goes like this:
1. Everything that begins to exist has a cause.
2. Read more
Good reading for those who are going to college or seminary. It takes a little time to read but may be well worth the investment.Published on March 23, 2014 by JC Adams
William Lane Craig's book The Kalam Cosmological Argument sets out to both explain and defend the theory cited in the title. Read morePublished on March 28, 2013 by Eric Maroney
Aside from the problems that other reviewers have pointed out, the Kalam explanation is what would be called in the legal arena, "assuming facts not in evidence. Read morePublished on February 3, 2013 by (((George Washington, Jr.)))
Dr. Craig is one of my favorite defenders of the Christian Worldview. This book is a gold mind of solid scholarly research.Published on October 19, 2012 by josone
This argument is full of problems.
First, it attempts to draw a logical link between things that are "caused" to exist via physical processes and rearrangements of... Read more
This book is very interesting and actually the best book for KCA. This book goes throw the second premis in detail but it skip the first premis as "self-evident. Read morePublished on May 8, 2011 by husainaloos
Craig's book, "The Kalam Cosmological Argument", is essential reading for anyone interested in this controversial, but highly compelling, argument for the existence of God. Read morePublished on December 24, 2007 by Doug Benscoter