Why is there Something Rather than Nothing?

By David Johansen

How many times a day do we ask, “Where did this come from?” When we see something out of place, our first instinct is to find out how it got there. A janitor might say that after finding something unusual on the ground. A parent might say it after their child says something out of character. A doctor might say this when making an unexpected diagnosis. We always want to know origins. The most unsatisfying response to that curiosity is a blunt answer like, “It just is. Don’t question it.”

Interestingly, this very basic instinct to look for a cause gives us one of the most powerful evidences for God’s existence. When we apply that question of “where did this come from?” further back, we run into a bigger question. Where did the universe come from? Why is there something rather than nothing? Should anything exist at all?

This is what has come to be known as the Kalam Cosmological Argument. Dr. William Lane Craig is partially responsible for championing this topic and bringing it into the modern debate. The thought process is pretty straightforward…

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