Part 4 of our series marks the official end of our discussion on the argument from contingency. 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, 15, and 16 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!
We’ve come to the end. Not the end of Capturing Christianity, but to the end of our 4-part series on the contingency argument. As mentioned, we’re wrapping up our 4-part series on the argument from contingency which in my mind is the strongest argument for God’s existence. Please go back and listen to the previous 3 parts. Don’t start at this one. It’s not going to make any sense. The argument from contingency has two stages. Stage 1 is about establishing that a necessary being exists, and Stage 2 argues that this necessary being is God. In this episode we wrap up our discussion of Stage 2, that the necessary foundation of reality is God. It’s not the universe, it’s God.
In this episode we discuss the problem of evil and its impact on Josh’s perfect being hypothesis.
Links mentioned during the show:
- Dr. Rasmussen’s Testimony
- Dr. Rasmussen’s “Worldview Design” YouTube channel
- Cameron’s debate with Cosmic Skeptic on Unbelievable
- John DePoe’s article on “Positive Skeptical Theism“
- Dr. Rasmussen’s videos on the problem of evil
People involved in creating this episode:
- Cameron Bertuzzi – Producer, Host
- Sawyer Hudson – Co-producer, Sound Editor
- Dr. Josh Rasmussen – Guest
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