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Philosophia Christi

Volume 11, Issue 2, 2009

Religious Diversity: A Dialogue

Stephen E. Parrish
Pages 471-477

Rundle on Sustaining the Universe in Why There Is Something Rather Than Nothing

In his book Why There Is Something Rather Than Nothing, Bede Rundle argues that there is no need to appeal to God for an explanation concerning why the universe exists, and remains in existence. I argue that on the contrary, Rundle’s philosophical naturalism is unable to give a plausible account for the continued existence of the universe in a lawful manner and the objects of which it is composed. The major reason for this inability is that since, as Rundle admits, everything that exists has a logically contingent existence, there can be no necessary principle by which contingent objects are sustained in existence.

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