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The motivations of creationists are often more philosophical than scientific. In particular, creationists are often motivated to claim that evolution cannot be true because it fails to provide a satisfactory account of how the universe can display as much order and complexity as it does--one must, instead, resort to the hypothesis that such order and complexity is a result of intelligent design. This article, included in the Appendix of Alex Mattulich's "Commentary on D. James Kennedy's book Why I Believe," is devoted exclusively to an analysis of some of the more common manifestations of the argument from design.
Sotnak primarily critiques William Lane Craig's version of the Kalam cosmological argument, which relies on maintaining that an actual infinite collection of things cannot exist (and hence that an actually infinite regress of past events is impossible). Craig uses the claim that an actual infinite is impossible, in turn, to support a crucial premise of his Kalam argument--that the universe began to exist. Sotnak focuses his criticism on showing that, contra Craig, an actual infinite can exist.
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