Kalām was an Islamic scholar centuries ago. He came up with an argument for the plausibility of the existence of a god. Modern Christian Creationist, William Lane Craig, added to the argument and claimed it proved the existence of the Christian god.
Kalām’s original version went like this:Whatever begins to exist has a cause;
The universe began to exist;
The universe has a cause.
William Lane Craig’s version goes like this:The universe has a cause;
If the universe has a cause, then an uncaused, personal Creator of the universe exists, who sans the universe is beginningless, changeless, immaterial, timeless, spaceless and enormously powerful;
An uncaused, personal Creator of the universe exists, who sans the universe is beginningless, changeless, immaterial, timeless, spaceless and enormously powerful.
What’s wrong with this argument?
- We can excuse Kalām because he did not know this, but the unrepentant liar William Lane Craig certainly does. We have known for over a century that, at the quantum level, particles pop into and out of existence without cause. Further, we know that atoms of radioactive elements spontaneously decay without cause. The actions are completely unpredictable. We can even use that unpredictability for cryptography.
- Both Christians and Muslims claim the universe is a special case, but refuse to even consider that it could also be a special case in not having a cause.
The universe’s cause could be quite different from the way Craig proclaims:
- It could be a pressure build-up.
- It could be a god created in turn by another god.
- It could be a god with barely enough ability to incompetently construct a universe.
- It could be a statistically improbable quantum event.
- It could be brushing up against another multiverse.
- It could be Zeus or Clarus the Dog Cow.
Craig is leaping to conclusions.
- Even if Kalām were true, it is still not evidence for the existence of god. It is just a lawyers’ trick for getting people to sign up for Christianity. It is just a plausibility argument designed to persuade the naïve.