Quenton Smith on God

Here is Quentin Smith's cosmological arguement for the non-existence of God.

  1. The Big Bang singularity is the earliest state of the universe.

  2. The earliest state of the universe is inanimate.

  3. No law governs the Big Bang singularity, and consequently there is no guarantee that it will emit a configuration of particles that will evolve into an animate universe.

  4. Therefore, the earliest state of the universe is not guaranteed to evolve into an animate state of the universe.

  5. If God creates a universe, He creates an animate universe.

  6. Therefore, if God created the earliest state of the universe, then He would have ensured that this state is animate or evolves into animate states of the universe.

  7. Therefore, God did not create the earliest state of the universe.

From there you can conclude

  1. God did not create the Big Bang singularity.

Comments?

Is saying "creatio ex nihilo" the same as saying "created from an inanimate singularity"?

Hmmm, well, if you think that the singularity actually existed, then I guess not because then the singularity would be something, which is not nothing.

But, others may interpret the singularity as a mere conceptualization, ontologically equivelent to nothing, as William Craig has said. In that case, however, Smiths arguement would be false since the singularity would not be the earliest state of the universe.

So, I guess it all depends on your view of the ontological status of the singularity.