The university of Guelph pool is a great place to swim laps and chat with folks in the hot tub. On one occasion, a boisterous young man named John joined us and started chatting up a female student named Dina sitting next to me. Dina shared that she was a Catholic exchange student from Mexico and John responded in no uncertain words that he was an atheist.
The kalam cosmological argument proceeds in three stages: first, it provides evidence that the universe had a beginning. Second, it maintains that the universe had a cause and that this cause must have existed in a spaceless, timeless, immaterial state. Third, it gives reasons for why the cause was a personal agent. [The kalam argument also presupposes a “relational” and “A-theory” of time]
In a previous post, I argued that the causal premise in the Kalam Cosmological Argument gains support from an Aristotelian understanding of possibility and actuality. We discovered that if the universe began to exist, then it must have been possible for it to begin to exist. Such a possibility is best understood as a potentiality or power residing in an actual thing – namely, a cause.
The Kalam cosmological argument is an argument for the existence of God defended most notably by William Lane Craig, research professor of Philosophy at Talbot School of Theology. The argument has its roots in Islamic philosophy and can be stated as follows  :
Here is the video of a debate recently attended at the University of Toronto on the question of cosmic and biological origins. The three speakers in the debate were Lawrence Krauss (atheism), Stephen Meyer (intelligent design), and Denis Lamoureux (theistic evolution), and there were well over 1000 people (some hostile) in attendance during its filming in Convocation Hall, at Wycliff College. I hope you enjoy it!
Essential to emotional resilience is the ability to love myself. This does not mean approving of foolish behavior or overlooking character flaws that need changing. Rather, it means accepting, caring for, and forgiving myself as a person, just as I would treat someone else who has worth, yet isn’t perfect.
In this video on emotional health, I share four tips for healing feelings of shame. I expand on these tips at great length in my public training seminars here, which I have delivered in multiple settings, such as conferences, congregations, and campus groups.