An argument for God’s existence that has recently captured the attention of lay apologists and professional philosophers alike is the kalām cosmological argument. “Kalām” is the Arabic word for “speech,” and refers here to God, who “speaks” the world into existence. Though this argument is deceptively simple in its formulation, it has established itself as a formidable challenge even for sophisticated atheist thinkers.

In two parts, I’d like to introduce (or re-introduce) you to this important proof of God’s existence. Here in part I, we’ll consider the merits of the kalām argument. We’ll also consider a potential weakness. Finally, we’ll zero in on the first premise of the argument and reflect on its plausibility.

Part II will focus on the second premise and conclusion of the kalām argument. We’ll also consider some objections.

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