The Case for a Creator: Cosmological Arguments and Explanation
by Paul Gould
I am now reading Hugh McCann’s Creation and the Sovereignty of God. He begins the book by making a case for a creator by advancing an inductive version of the cosmological argument.
Cosmological arguments seek an explanation for the existence of the world. According to McCann, an explanation for the existence of the world would account for two facts: (1) that we have a world at all, and (2) that we have this world instead of another. The best way to achieve such an explanation is to utilize what amounts to an inductive method of reasoning, a method familiarly employed by science.
Hypothetico-inductive arguments are in essence very simple: they state first that if the hypothesis under study were true, then certain phenomena ought to be observed. If they are in fact observed, then the existence of those phenomena counts as confirming evidence—that is, evidence that favors the truth of the hypothesis. (8)
Thus, our cosmological argument runs as follows…
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