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05 / 06

Leibniz's Argument for the Existence of God

The One Minute Apologist with William Lane Craig

Time : 00:01:13

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Transcript

Bobby Conway: Give us Leibniz’s argument for the existence of God.

Dr. Craig: Leibniz formulated a version of the cosmological argument that goes like this:

Premise one: Everything that exists has an explanation of its existence, either in the necessity of its own nature or else in an external cause. Premise two: If the universe has an explanation of its existence, then that explanation is God. Premise three: The universe exists.

From those three premises, it follows that the universe has an explanation of its existence, and therefore, that explanation is God. Now, that’s a bare bones summary of the argument. It would obviously need to be fleshed out with supporting arguments, but I think this is a sound argument for the existence of God.

Bobby Conway: Well said.