Leibniz’ Contingency Argument





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Published on Dec 15, 2015

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Leibniz' Contingency Argument Script:

We live in an amazing universe.

Have you ever wondered why it exists?

Why does anything at all exist?

Gottfried Leibniz wrote, “The first question which should rightly be asked is: Why is there something rather than nothing?”

He came to the conclusion that the explanation is found in God.

But is this reasonable?

P1: Everything that exists has an explanation of its existence.

P2: If the universe has an explanation of its existence, that explanation is God.

P3: The universe exists.

From these it follows logically that the explanation of the universe’s existence is God.

The logic of this argument is air tight. If the 3 premises are true, the conclusion is unavoidable. But are they more plausibly true than false?

The third premise is undeniable for anyone seeking truth. But what about the first premise?

Why not say, “The universe is just there, and that’s all”? …No explanation needed! End of discussion!

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