Evidential Near Death Experiences

Introduction

The modal cosmological argument or “argument from contingency” is the argument from the contingency of the world or universe to the existence of God. 

The argument from contingency draws on the distinction between things that exist necessarily and things that exist contingently.

Something is “necessary” if it could not possibly have failed to exist. Something is “contingent” if it is not necessary, i.e. if it could have failed to exist. Most things seem to exist contingently. All of the human artefacts around us might not have existed; for each one of them, whoever made it might have decided not to do so. Their existence, therefore, is contingent. 

The argument from contingency rests on the claim that the universe, as a whole, is contingent. It is not only the case, the argument suggests, that each of the things around is us contingent; it is also the case that the whole, all of those things taken together, is contingent. It might have been the case that nothing existed at all. The state of affairs in which nothing existed at all is a logically possible state of affairs, even though it is not the actual state of affairs.

It is this that the argument from contingency takes to be significant. It is because it is thought that the universe exists contingently that its existence is thought to require explanation. If the universe might not have existed, then why does it exist? 

The existence of things that are necessary does not require explanation; their non-existence is impossible. The existence of anything contingent, however, does require explanation. They might not have existed, and so there must be some reason that they do so.

(1) Everything that exists contingently has a reason for its existence.
(2) The universe exists contingently.
Therefore:
(3) The universe has a reason for its existence.
(4) If the universe has a reason for its existence then that reason is God.
Therefore:
(5) God exists.

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PDF: Q&A: Near Death Experiences and Life After Death

PDF: Near Death Experiences and the Evidence: A Review Essay

PDF: Consciousness and the Existence of God: A Theistic Argument

PDF: Near Death Experiences and World View Concerns: Addressing Difficult Questions

PDF: The Evidential Value of Near Death Experiences for the Belief in Life After Death

PDF: Q&A: Near Death Experiences and Life After Death

Credits

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Huge thank you: To Gary Habermas as a Christian who is active in this area of observation.