From the Unnecessary Cosmos to the Necessary Theos

“Consider the questions of existence: Who am I?  Why am I here?  Does God exist? These are the questions man has asked ever since he first gazed at the stars and dreamed. My Vulcan ancestors  . . . believed in a place where these questions of existence would be answered. . . . My brothers, we have been chosen to undertake the greatest adventure  of all time.” (Sybock, Star Trek V)

A more philosophical way of looking at creation begins by realizing that the cosmos is metaphysically unnecessary – it doesn’t have to exist just because of what it is. We can define everything in the cosmos whether any of those things exist or not. Rabbits and the Easter Bunny, teeth and the Tooth Fairy – we know what these things are, even though some of them exist and some do not. Anything that can be defined without existence is not something that exists simply because of what it is – otherwise, existence would be part of its nature – its definition.

Because they don’t have existence by nature, metaphysically unnecessary things unnecessary things have to have existence “added on to” their natures. They must be caused to exist. Since this is true of everything in the cosmos, something outside the cosmos is required to make it exist right now (not just “in the beginning”). Further, this thing cannot be getting its existence from something else, or we would be right back where we started from.

…To Be Continued…