“Does God Exist” debate at Florida International University

On September 15, 2013, at Florida International University, Tom Trento (Christian) debated Ed Tabash (Atheist) on the issue, “Does God Exist?”

This is a very interesting debate in that Trento focus’ on the implications of atheism as a chosen lifestyle. Tabash centers in on atheism as a more valid system than theism. The debate has some very deep philosophical analysis and some very humorous moments.

Please take the time to watch the whole debate, you will not regret it!


The Kalām cosmological argument is a variation of the cosmological argument that argues for the existence of a first cause for the universe, and the existence of a God. Its origins can be traced to medieval Jewish, Christian and Muslim thinkers, but most directly to Islamic theologians of the Kalām tradition. Its historic proponents include John Philoponus, Al-Kindi, Saadia Gaon, Al-Ghazali, and St. Bonaventure. William Lane Craig revived interest in the Kalām cosmological argument with his 1979 publication of a book of the same name.

The argument postulates that something caused the Universe to begin to exist, and this first cause must be God.

Classical argument

  1. Everything that has a beginning of its existence has a cause of its existence;
  2. The universe has a beginning of its existence;


  1. The universe has a cause of its existence.

Contemporary argument

William Lane Craig

William Lane Craig formulates the argument with an additional set of premises:

Argument based on the impossibility of an actual infinite:
  1. An actual infinite cannot exist.
  2. An infinite temporal regress of events is an actual infinite.
  3. Therefore, an infinite temporal regress of events cannot exist.
Argument based on the impossibility of the formation of an actual infinite by successive addition:
  1. A collection formed by successive addition cannot be an actual infinite.
  2. The temporal series of past events is a collection formed by successive addition.
  3. Therefore, the temporal series of past events cannot be actually infinite.


36 Arguments for the Existence of God: Goldstein on the Cosmological Argument