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The Teleological and Kalam Cosmological Arguments Revisited

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  • Devises an original deductive formulation of the Teleological Argument

  • Argues for design by exclusion

  • Combines the Teleological Argument with the Kalam Cosmological Argument

Part of the book series: Palgrave Frontiers in Philosophy of Religion (PFPR)

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Table of contents (8 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xiii
  2. Introducing the Quest for an Explanation

    • Andrew Loke
    Pages 1-36Open Access
  3. Causation and Laws of Nature

    • Andrew Loke
    Pages 37-70Open Access
  4. Arguments for the Causal Principle

    • Andrew Loke
    Pages 71-139Open Access
  5. Fine-Tuning and Order of our Universe

    • Andrew Loke
    Pages 141-194Open Access
  6. Arguments for a First Cause

    • Andrew Loke
    Pages 195-245Open Access
  7. What the First Cause Is

    • Andrew Loke
    Pages 247-296Open Access
  8. Ultimate Design

    • Andrew Loke
    Pages 297-332Open Access
  9. Ultimate Designer

    • Andrew Loke
    Pages 333-352Open Access
  10. Back Matter

    Pages 353-387

About this book

A prominent issue in many contemporary philosophy of religion debates concerns whether the universe has a Designer. This book moves the discussion ahead in a significant way by devising an original deductive formulation of the Teleological Argument (TA) which demonstrates that the following are the only possible categories of hypotheses concerning fine-tuning and order: (i) chance, (ii) regularity, (iii) combinations of regularity and chance, (iv) uncaused, and (v) design. This book also demonstrates that there are essential features of each category such that, while the alternatives to design are unlikely, the Design Hypothesis is not, and that one can argue for design by exclusion without having to first assign a prior probability for design. By combining the TA with the Kalam Cosmological Argument (KCA) which it defends against various objections, this book responds to the God-of-the-gaps objection by demonstrating that the conclusion of the KCA-TA is not based on gaps which can be filled by further scientific progress, but follows from deduction and exclusion.

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Reviews

‘An innovative examination and defence of the cosmological and teleological arguments – accessible to the non-expert but pushing the debate into new territory with great originality and verve.’ 

T. J. Mawson, Oxford University, UK

‘Andrew Loke's book provides an up-to-date assessment of the Teleological and Kalam Cosmological Arguments, including a thorough response to contemporary objections. It advances the discussion concerning the ultimate origin of the universe and makes a significant contribution to the field of philosophy of religion and the dialogue between science and religion.’

William Lane Craig, Biola University, USA

‘This book provides an engaging guide to two important features of our universe – it seems to have had a beginning, and its ability to support life is remarkably rare – and their deeper implications. Up-to-date, wide-ranging and highly recommended.’

- Luke Barnes, Western Sydney University, Australia

Authors and Affiliations

  • Department of Religion and Philosophy, Hong Kong Baptist University, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong

    Andrew Loke

About the author

Andrew Loke is Associate Professor, Department of Religion and Philosophy, Hong Kong Baptist University, China.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: The Teleological and Kalam Cosmological Arguments Revisited

  • Authors: Andrew Loke

  • Series Title: Palgrave Frontiers in Philosophy of Religion

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-94403-2

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: Religion and Philosophy, Philosophy and Religion (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2022

  • License: CC BY

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-94402-5Published: 04 May 2022

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-94405-6Published: 04 May 2022

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-94403-2Published: 03 May 2022

  • Series ISSN: 2634-6176

  • Series E-ISSN: 2634-6184

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XIII, 387

  • Number of Illustrations: 1 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: Philosophy of Religion, Philosophy of Science, Metaphysics

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Softcover Book USD 49.99
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