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Variations

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Variations
Why is there something and not nothing?
Some God exists
But which one?
Fine Tuning
2. The Fine Tuning of the Universe is not due to Physical Necessity
3. The Fine Tuning of the Universe is not due to Chance
The Applicability of Mathematics
1. If God did not exist, the applicability of mathematics would be a happy coincidence
2. The applicability of mathematics is not a happy coincidence
3. Therefore, God exists
The Applicability of Mathematics
1. If God did not exist, the applicability of mathematics would be a happy coincidence
3. The applicability of Mathematics is not a happy coincidence
2. Mathematical objects are abstract entities isolated from the Universe instead of 'useful fictions'
4. Therefore, God exists
Kalam Cosmological Argument
1. Everything that begins to exist has a cause
2. The Universe begins to exist
3. The Universe has a cause
The Ontological Argument
1. The Universe began
to exist
2. If the Universe began to exist, then the Universe has a transcendent cause
3. Therefore, the Universe has a transcendent cause
The Fine Tuning of the Universe is due to:
1. Physical Necessity
2. Chance
3. Design
Every contingent thing has an explanation of its existence
2. If the Universe has an explanation of its existence, that explanation is a transcendent, personal being
3. The Universe is a contingent thing
4. Therefore, the Universe has an explanation of its existence
5. Therefore, the explanation of the Universe is a transcendent, personal being ("God")
The Argument for Contingency
(Cause and Effect)
The Moral Argument
1. Objective moral values and duties exist
2. But if God does not exist, objective moral values and duties would not exist
3. Therefore, God exists
Finely tuned constants and quantities are independent of the laws of nature
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Gravity
The Expansion Rate
The Speed of Light
Mass and Energy
Plank's Constant
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Cosmological Constant
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Planc Mass - Energy
Hubble Constant
Higgs Vacuum
Expectation Value
Plank's Constant
Plank's Constant
Evidence for the Resurrection
1. Facts concerning the fate of Jesus of Nazareth
1. The honorable burial by Joseph of Aramathea
2. The empty tomb
3. Post-mortem appearances
4. Origin of disciples' beliefs
5. Explosion of the early Church
2. The hypothesis that God raised Jesus from the dead is the best explanation of those facts
3. God exists
AD 33
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33 AD
AD 33
3. The Empty Tomb
4. Post-Mortem Appearances
5. The origin of the disciples' belief
6. The Explosion of the early church
1. Jesus' Death
2. Jesus' Burial
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