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Unformatted text preview: Now, according to the exclusion principle, in the case that there is both a physical and a nonphysical (mental) cause for some other physical event, overdetermination would be identified because the physical cause alone is both necessary and sufficient, thereby excluding the mental cause. This all makes sense; however, what of the creation of the universe? What caused matter to exist? The Big Bang theory and its spinoffs describe an event by which all the matter and physical laws and properties spontaneously came into being. Surely there must have been a cause. As a Christian, I think it acceptable to believe the physical universe came into being according to Gods will. I cannot conceive of some physical cause that precluded the physical domains existence, but mustnt there have been one, according to physical causal closure? Is the birth of the physical universe not the first physical event? Then when was the first?...
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This essay was uploaded on 04/17/2008 for the course PHI 006 taught by Professor Sharpe during the Spring '08 term at Westmont.
- Spring '08