We’re smack-dab in the middle of a 4-part series on the argument from contingency with Dr. Josh Rasmussen. Parts 1 and 2 explored Stage 1 of the argument, parts 3 and 4, you guessed it, explore Stage 2. As a quick reminder, Stage 1 is about establishing that a necessary being exists, while Stage 2 argues that this necessary being is God. Listen back to episodes 14 and 15 before giving this one a listen.
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!
After we finished recording this 4-part series, I had the sense that this was going to be one of the most important things we’ve ever done. Actually, I had that sense before we even recorded. We’re in the middle of a 4-part series on the argument from contingency. It’s the absolute best argument for God’s existence. Well at least in the mind of one lowly photographer. I really like it. Makes a lot of sense, I know of very few good objections to it.
Each episode I mention that the contingency argument is split into two stages. Stage 1 is about establishing that a necessary being exists, while Stage 2 argues that this necessary being is God. The previous two episodes, 14 and 15, were devoted to Stage 1, and now we’re beginning our discussion of Stage 2. Sometimes Stage 2 is referred to as the “Gap Problem” in the literature. This conversation blew my mind in all sorts of ways. I’m sure you’ll know what I mean when we get there.
Links mentioned during the show:
- Dr. Rasmussen’s Testimony
- Dr. Rasmussen’s “Worldview Design” YouTube channel
- Cameron’s debate with Cosmic Skeptic on Unbelievable
People involved in creating this episode:
- Cameron Bertuzzi – Producer, Host
- Sawyer Hudson – Co-producer, Sound Editor
- Dr. Josh Rasmussen – Guest
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