Sagan    espejel_miguel@hotmail.com Fecha  26/04/2004 20:30 
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The theist :

(1) God is causa sui (his own cause). He has the reason for his being in himself.

The atheist :

(2) The Universe is causa sui. The Universe has the reason for its being within itself.

Both (1) and (2) state the same problem of inteligibility: conceiving something which is causa sui. The difference is that (1) is a retrograde step in regard to (2), thus being less obvious, because we cannot empiricaly know God. But, the comprehensibility scheme is the same.

Why , in the opinion of the theists, is (1) more reasonable than (2) ?

As I see it (1) is by no means a claim which makes the Universe more inteligible and resolving the common sense difficulty encountered in (2).
But it just violates Ockam's razor by postulating a redundant hypothesis while keeping the comprehensibility problem it tried to solve.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                


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