The argument from contingency is my favorite argument for God’s existence. Hands down. And to kick this series off, which is actually our first 4-parter, I’ve invited an expert, Dr. Josh Rasmussen, to help us explore the ins and outs of this argument. Over the past year that we’ve been corresponding, he’s also grown to be a great friend and mentor. I can’t say enough about him.
If I were still charismatic, I would say that I know in my heart of hearts (ie: my “knower”) that this series will stand as some of the most important content we’ll ever produce. It’s that good! If you’ve ever doubted God’s existence, this series is for you.
Dr. Josh Rasmussen
Joshua Rasmussen, Ph.D., is an associate professor of philosophy at Azusa Pacific University. His area of expertise is analytic metaphysics, with a focus on the foundations of existence and the philosophy of mind. He is author of Defending the Correspondence Theory of Truth, Necessary Existence (with Pruss), The Bridge of Reason, and How Reason Leads to God (forthcoming). Rasmussen values collaboration across disciplines and perspectives.
Check out his website here. He also has a really cool website that asks a series of questions that determine whether you’re already, perhaps unknowingly, committed to the existence of a necessary being. Take the survey and find out for yourself!
In part 1 of our 4-part series, we begin discussing Stage 1 of the Argument from Contingency. In the literature, the argument is split, quite helpfully, into two stages. Stage 1 is all about establishing that a necessary being exists. Stage 2 then analyzes the nature of this necessary being. Is the necessary being God? Some lesser being? Is it the universe?
Episode 14 begins our conversation about Stage 1. In this episode we discuss some of the pathways Dr. Rasmussen has explored in establishing that a necessary being exists. There’s a cliffhanger at the end, but make sure to tune in next week! Episode 15 features the second half of our discussion of Stage 1. Episodes 16 and 17 are dedicated to Stage 2.
Links mentioned during the show:
- Dr. Rasmussen’s Testimony
- Dr. Rasmussen’s “Worldview Design” YouTube channel
- Cameron’s debate with Cosmic Skeptic on Unbelievable
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