A list of key words to make sure you know, relating to the cosmological argument.
Cosmos – Universe.
Contingency – Something that may or may not happen and depends on something else to make it happen.
A posteriori – A statement that can be proved by empirical evidence.
A priori – An argument that is based on knowledge and not experience.
Ex nihilo – Out of nothing.
St Thomas Aquinas – Medieval philosopher.
Potentiality – Capabilities within someone that are as yet undeveloped.
Actuality – The reality of something at this moment of time.
Efficient cause – A cause that is capable of performing an action and bringing about a desired result.
Kalam – Muslim version of the cosmological argument.
Infinite – Limitless.
Potential infinite – Something like the universe where it is possible to add on one more series of events.
Actual infinite – A mathematical concept found in set theory where it is not growing towards infinity but already is infinite.
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