Uncaused cause

From Iron Chariots Wiki
Revision as of 23:56, 29 April 2007 by Arensb (Talk | contribs)
Jump to: navigation, search

As formulated by Thomas Aquinas, the uncaused cause argument is stated as follows:

"Nothing is caused by itself. Every effect has a prior cause. This leads to a regress. This has to be terminated by a first cause, which we call God."


Many of the responses to the Unmoved mover argument also apply to this one:

  1. Who created God?
  2. The word "God" carries a lot of undesirable cultural baggage, denoting an intelligent being. If the ultimate cause of our universe turns out to be, say, a random vacuum fluctuation, then that would be "God" by Aquinas's definition, but to call this phenomenon "God" would be misleading.
  3. Pairs of virtual particles are created (and annihilated) all of the time, in vacuum, out of literally nothing, with no prior cause. This contradicts Aquinas's premise.
  4. Even if there is an infinite regess of causes, so what? The human mind is uncomfortable with the concept of infinity, but reality has no obligation to make us comfortable.
Personal tools
wiki navigation