Why does the universe exist at all? (1 Viewer)

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Layce Erayce

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Aug 11, 2002
When we ask why something exists, we point to its causal antecedents. For instance, we exist because of our parents.

But why does the universe exist at all? Couldn't it have been nothing at all that existed? If it's possible that nothing should exist, how come there's a universe?

Religious believers infer that there must be an "unmoved mover", a "first cause", or an "uncaused cause" to bring the chain of explanations to an end. They identify this stopping point as God, the nexus of all causes and explanations.

What do atheists have to offer? I believe the best answer an atheist could give to this question is to call it a brute fact. Brute facts are facts that are inexplicable. It doesn't depend on anything else. It just is. Demands for explanation are themselves incoherent of brute facts.

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