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How can one not believe in god as the root cause of the universe?

The alternative between existence and non-existence of a creator god cannot be decided by the argument of the first cause. Whoever argues that a first cause is needed and that this first cause is god,...
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How can one not believe in god as the root cause of the universe?

The most compelling argument I've heard in this vein is that the existence of God just adds an extra step. As Jo Wehler has pointed out, claiming God is the first cause raises the question: "What is ...
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How can one not believe in god as the root cause of the universe?

God here I defined as prime cause. If you simply define god as the prime cause, then that is simply word-play. You obviously understand that the vast majority of people do not use the word 'god' ...
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Asserting that Atheism and Theism are both faith based positions

We must draw a distinction between atheism and agnosticism. Atheism is not believing in the existence of a God (or Gods), regardless of whether conclusive evidence is available, while agnosticism is ...
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How can one not believe in god as the root cause of the universe?

What is "nothing"? This is Argument From First Cause. This exists in several variants... Kalām Plato/Aristotle Thomas Aquinas The short rebuttal to this is: what is "nothing"? We ...
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Asserting that Atheism and Theism are both faith based positions

No, atheism is not a faith based position. This has been debunked time and time again and there are numerous resources on the internet that cover this error in logic. If theism claims the existance of ...
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How can one not believe in god as the root cause of the universe?

There are a few different ways to show that this argument doesn't necessarily lead to the idea of a god. Special pleading: You get to claim that everything must have a cause...except a god. But, a) ...
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Why is Dawkins not respected amongst philosophers?

Because he often indulges in rhetoric/polemic rather than truth-seeking discussion. If you strongly imply that your opponents are "delusional" (e.g. in the title of a book) then you put ...
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Asserting that Atheism and Theism are both faith based positions

The only requirement of meeting the definition of "atheist" is that you do not have belief in any god(s). Computers, rocks, and newborn babies are all, by definition, atheists; because they do not ...
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Is the surprising applicability of mathematics to the physical world a brute fact, or something crying out for a theistic explanation?

Reality existed. Math was invented, partly to describe and predict reality, a useful tool. Calculus specifically is an example... Isaac Newton (1642–1727) is best known for having invented the ...
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Is Andalusi/Rasmussen's proof for the existence of God correct?

As the argument is presented here, as a proof for the existence of God, the possible fallacies are: Begging the question - assuming the conclusion When one of the premises is "God is unlimited&...
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Using Special Pleading to invalidate first-cause argument regarding existence of God

If I correctly understand your question, you ask: Why do people, who are not satisfied with introducing a creator god as first cause, demand a cause of this creator god? IMO that's obvious: If ...
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Term for people who believe God once existed but then disappeared?

"Theothanatologists" - For more information see Wikipedia. The Death of God movement is sometimes technically referred to as theothanatology, deriving from the Greek theos (God) and ...
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Asserting that Atheism and Theism are both faith based positions

Both positions, the theist and the atheist made a claim: The theist claimed the existence of god, the atheist claimed the non-existence of god. History shows: Neither of them could prove his claim. ...
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How can one not believe in god as the root cause of the universe?

In addition to the excellent answers given, a physicist would have problems with the following. There ought to be cause(s) to this singularity, and cause(s) to that cause(s). This takes causality ...
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Isn't the knowledge of the non-existence of "God", objective?

Atheist conceptions of the idea of God often rest on a straw man fallacy that portrays a theistic view of God as Russell's teapot or as the Flying Spaghetti Monster. Both of these conceptions view God ...
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Asserting that Atheism and Theism are both faith based positions

Alvin Plantinga, a Christian philosopher, presents a similar question regarding an extreme form of atheism that he calls "naturalism". Rather than asking whether the atheism of naturalism is faith-...
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Is the surprising applicability of mathematics to the physical world a brute fact, or something crying out for a theistic explanation?

The biggest issue seems to be that Craig implies that mathematics is entirely disconnected from the physical world. But maths emerged from our understanding of physical world. We saw that when you put ...
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Could Occam's Razor ever favor theism?

My two cents. As @Conifold eloquently mentions, Occam's Razor is somewhat vague and notions of complexity somewhat arbitrary, so that given suitable criteria of complexity and simplicity almost ...
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How can one not believe in god as the root cause of the universe?

If the notions of actual or potential infinity are coherent, why is the notion of an infinite series of causes not also coherent ? The series of prime numbers is infinite - why not the series of ...
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Is Andalusi/Rasmussen's proof for the existence of God correct?

I would submit the broad, provocative claim that no logical proof of existence can be convincing, because "proof" assumes logic, but logic does not in and of itself talk about what actually ...
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Where in the evolutionary chain did morality start to evolve?

First of all, I'm removing the references to evolution as this has been removed from the OP. The rest of this answer should directly address the relationship between the evolution of the brain, social ...
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Isn't the knowledge of the non-existence of "God", objective?

Whether or not God exists is an objective question with an objective answer, however the argument beginning Is it true that "X" exists in reality only when we are aware of having experienced it, or ...
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Term for people who believe God once existed but then disappeared?

What you describe is view of some deists who see God as observing humanity but not directly intervening in our lives - for more information see Wikipedia.
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How can one not believe in god as the root cause of the universe?

How can you lack belief in the existence of god. Simple - "X believes in god" is a statement/predicate about human X. For a non-believer, the state of believing in god is exactly as ...
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Is watching an amputated limb regrow proof of the supernatural?

Logically, if we could prove that God healed amputees then it would as a corollary prove the existence of God. (it is simply the argument that; "if X is specifically observed to do Y, then X must ...
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Why is Dawkins not respected amongst philosophers?

Because Dawkins is a scientist not a philosopher You might, reasonably, say that Dawkins is making philosophical arguments but he does not engage with philosophy as a subject. He does not know the ...
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Asserting that Atheism and Theism are both faith based positions

The atheist position(s) The most reasonable atheist position is the following position. They might say "People say that some supernatural being exists, and they call this 'God.' Until they ...
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How can one not believe in god as the root cause of the universe?

The problem with discussions like this is that you rarely see any definition of terms. Define god. For some, it is simply the mysterious fact that there appear to be laws of nature discernable by ...
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