5 Reasons Why It’s Unreasonable to Ask Who Created God
by Arthur Khachatryan
A standard response from skeptics against those who espouse belief in God is to pose this question: if God created the universe, then who created God? Here are a few reasons why it’s unreasonable to ask ‘who created God?’
1. Asking ‘who created God?’ is irrelevant to the original question.
Asking for a cause of a cause in no way disputes the reasonableness and efficacy of the initial cause of the effect in question. If we ask for the cause of a cause of every effect, we cannot know anything. We can easily rest with the knowledge of what cause is sufficient to create an effect, and we don’t have to have all the answers to come to a reasonable conclusion. For example, suppose that during an expedition an archaeologist uncovers a sculpture of a human bust. What is the most reasonable inference regarding the origin of the sculpture? Isn’t the most reasonable position that a person created the sculpture? Suppose the archaeologist is simply unable to tell us anything else about the artist who formed it. He doesn’t know anything about the group to which this person belonged. He doesn’t know if the artist was male or female. He doesn’t know anything about the artist. Does this lack of knowledge of the final cause, in any way, cast aspersions on his inference that the cause of the sculpture was an artist? Not at all. Our subsequent knowledge of the details of the cause is all gravy. Our inference of the final cause of the sculpture as a human artist is quite reasonable despite our lack of knowledge of all the background details including the question of where the artist came from. A similar approach is taken in all the sciences. Asking for an explanation of the cause of an effect is reasonable. Asking for an explanation of the cause of the cause in order to entertain the theory that the cause generated the effect we’re trying to explain is misguided.
Asking ‘who created God?’ exasperates an infinite regress.
When we look at nature, we see causes generating effects, and we see those effects turn into causes that produce other effects. The material world is a bit like an elaborate arrangement of dominoes lined up one behind the other. When Christians (and other theists) say that God created the universe, among other things, they are referring to the dominos (matter), the platform where the dominoes can be arranged (space and time), and the particular arrangement of the dominos (laws of nature). God is the best explanation of many aspects of the origins of the material world, but perhaps even more importantly, God is the best explanation and solution for the problem of an infinite regress…