Kalam Debate: @Capturing Christianity vs. @Rationality Rules – Cam’s Second Rebuttal



Welcome to my Second Rebuttal in my debate against Rationality Rules on the Kalam Cosmological Argument.

DESCRIPTION #1:
Playlist of all videos in our debate: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL96Nl_XJhQEj6TzLq2gfRAOB3neFNe3Hm

DESCRIPTION #2:
Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy: https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/rationalism-empiricism/#Empi
Britannica Encyclopedia: https://www.britannica.com/topic/empiricism
Philosophy Basics: https://www.philosophybasics.com/branch_empiricism.html
ThoughtCo: https://www.thoughtco.com/philosophical-empiricism-2670590
Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy: https://www.rep.routledge.com/articles/thematic/empiricism/v-1
Encyclopedia[dot]com: https://www.encyclopedia.com/philosophy-and-religion/philosophy/philosophy-terms-and-concepts/empiricism
Oxford Reference: https://www.oxfordreference.com/view/10.1093/oi/authority.20110803095750220

DESCRIPTION #3:
More thoughts on scientism/empiricism: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1D_3RU7l5L9W0vrvL6-1faK2UWW1mOsXWFgKHzAsdQHY/edit?usp=sharing

DESCRIPTION #4:
All 3 of Stephen’s examples are compatible with an eternal past and hence don’t imply Causal Finitism.

DESCRIPTION #5:
The sequence of natural numbers in ascending order goes like {1, 2, 3, 4…} but you obviously can’t reverse the order to have a “first” element precisely because there is no “last” element. The sequence of natural numbers is an actual infinite, like the set of all past years in an infinite past. The reason that the sequence of natural numbers can’t be reversed has nothing to do with it being a potential infinite, in part because it’s not a potential infinite.

DESCRIPTION #6:
For more on Inductive Generalization: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inductive_reasoning#Generalization

DESCRIPTION #7:
We have more than 5 senses: https://www.sensorytrust.org.uk/blog/how-many-senses-do-we-have

00:00 Introduction
00:32 Section 1 – General Comments
04:28 Section 2 – Objections to (1)
06:01 Stephen’s 3 Initial Objections
12:19 Stephen’s 2 New Objections
14:40 Section 2 – Objections to (2)
16:15 Demonstrating the Uncaused
17:36 Cop Out?
19:08 Defense of (13)?
24:48 Outroduction

Many thanks to the following people for providing helpful comments on earlier drafts of the script: Josh Rasmussen, Justin Mooney, Wade A. Tisthammer (aka Maverick Christian), Liz Jackson, Andrew Moon, & Joe Schmid.

Special thanks to Juan Tejada for his help animating this video! You’re really talented, bro!

Minor corrections: At 4:51, premise (6) should read “finitism,” not “fininitism.” This correction applies to future iterations. At 12:09, premises (4) and (5) should read (4*) and (5*) respectively.


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