This argument says the transient or contingent change of the world requires the a non contingent source.
Every contingent thing has an explanation of its existence.
If the universe has an explanation of its existence.
That explanation is a transcendent, personal being.
There is a lot of begging the question here. More questions need to be asked for this argument to make any sense.
There has to be an explanation?
No there doesn’t, the cosmos doesn’t have to make sense. It’s only our insecure neediness that says it must.
Maybe the cosmos in inexplicable? Why is it necessary to have an explanation, why doe sit matter that we don’t
Necessary, transcendent and unconditioned?
The claim there has to be a changeless reality to support a changing one; with dependant things, there has to be an independent thing?
To make that claim is to revive a materialistic attitude towards the cosmos. It’s proposing a bedrock/foundation to existence that makes everything else up. A pot has to have clay as its substance.
But where is the evidence? It seems more a claim from values or tradition than anything else. There doesn’t have to be a non-contingent foundation to reality. That’s a claim made by western philosophy and religious tradition.
Other traditions say differently, in Buddhism there is no fixed basis for reality; all is impermanent (Pali: Annica, Sanskrit: Anitya).
What we have here is more a argument from insecurity than facing facts.
Is the cosmos contingent?
Is the cosmos contingent? It might turn out the our universe, the small reality we live in is impermanent, but the cosmos may be infinite, without begging or end.
Failed to exist?
Contingency is looked upon as the possibility there something could have failed to exist. Circumstances mean that alternative could have happened.
Maybe this person would not have been born; this object becomes broken in another universe if events had led to it.
This idea of ‘failure to exist’ puzzles me. It implies that the universe has to live up to our expectations.
How can we ever know if alternatives are possible or not?
It implies there is a path ahead to follow, and the cosmos didn’t follow it, it failed. The Cosmos doesn’t fail or succeed; such terms are subjective. Things that arise and pass is what the Cosmos does; it’s not right or wrong.
But to say an object might fail to exist makes no sense, and what failure did the cosmos commit? By who’s standards, what metric? Failure implies values, a neglect, mistake.
Just because something fails to a materialist or appear doesn’t imply a flaw. The Cosmos doesn’t make mistakes.
For change to happen, destruction has to take place as well as creation, non-existence is therefore necessary for existence (See Ontological argument).
What we seem to have is a lot of questions, following of breadcrumbs to an answer the theist wants. Ignoring the alternative answer, and uncertainty found along the way, leaping to conclusions that are unsupported.
What this argument seem to show more than most is just how much God claims are influenced by values.