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cosmological argument

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Definition of cosmological argument in English:

noun

Philosophy
An argument for the existence of God which claims that all things in nature depend on something else for their existence (i.e. are contingent), and that the whole cosmos must therefore itself depend on a being which exists independently or necessarily. Compare with ontological argument and teleological argument.
Example sentences
  • However, the contention that the cosmological argument depends on the ontological argument is based on a confusion.
  • The most important of those proofs were the ontological argument, the cosmological argument, and the teleological argument.
  • Continuing my comparison with natural theology, in the cosmological argument it is argued that if anything exists there must be something which cannot not exist, something which has its reason for existing within itself.

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