Do atheists believe in Magic?

Posted: August 14, 2007 in Theo/Philo



Professor Kai Nielsen:

“Suppose you hear a loud bang…and you ask me, ‘What made that bang?’ and I reply, ‘Nothing, it just happened.’ You would not accept that.”

What answer do atheists give for the cause of the biggest bang,the creation of the universe?

If the answer atheists would give is there is no prior cause , should they accept that?

Do they believe that the universe had a cause, in accordance with the cause and effect premise of logic ?

If so what is it?

If not, then did the universe just pop into being like magic ?

  1. Hi Mike. Your post was referenced in a blog entry at Telic Thoughts. There are some who think matter and energy are eternal and God does not exist. That’s some notion of causality!

  2. Mike Godfrey says:

    Hi William,
    thanks for commenting;I find it hard to belive that peole would be satisfied with no frst cause as an adequate answer to the uncomfortabe (for some) implications of the ‘big bang’ theory.
    Unlike the big bang I don’t know of anything in science that points to an infinite cause.

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