160 P A R T II T R A D I T I O N A L A R G U M E N T S F O R T H E E X I S T E N C E O F G O D II.4 The Kalam Cosmological Argument WILLIAM LANE…

“Religion and science” (Murray and Rea) 193-200, 209-226

  • How do Murray and Rea define science?

A. Padgett “Science and Religion” (Canvas)

  • Describe some examples of how religion has played a constructive and supportive role throughout the history of science.

“Cosmological Arguments” (Pojman Ch 2)

  • According to Pojman what does it mean to say that something is contingent? How is an a-priori argument different than an a-posteriori argument?

“Theistic arguments” (Murray and Rea) 135-146

  • According to Murray and Rea, what is the Principle of Sufficient Reason (PSR)? Do you think this is a plausible principle?

“The Kalam Cosmological Argument” W. Craig and J. P. Moreland (Canvas)

  • How do Craig and Moreland use Hilbert’s Hotel to support their argument?

“God, physics and the Big Bang” William Stoeger (Canvas)

  • According to Stoeger, what is the philosophical significance of the Planck era in cosmic history as it relates to the limits of science?

“Teleological Arguments” (Pojman Ch 3)

  • According to Pojman what is the essence of the Darwinian objection to the teleological argument?

Robin Collins “A Scientific Argument for the Existence of God” (Canvas)

  • According to Collins why is the universe analogous to a biosphere that is tailor-made to support human life?

“Theistic arguments” (Murray & Rea) 123-135

  • According to Murray and Rea what is the “multiverse objection” to the teleological argument from fine-tuning? Do they find this objection plausible? Why or why not?

Simon Conway Morris “Evolution and Convergence: Some Wider Considerations” (Canvas)

 According to Conway-Morris are some outcomes of the evolutionary process fundamentally predictable (or inevitable)? Why or why not?

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