If you have kids or have been around them, you’ll find it familiar to hear them ask all sorts of questions. Sometimes they will ask a chain of questions each of which is based on the answer to the previous question. “Why do the trees sway?” This may be followed by “Why does the wind blow?” In fact, the ultimate question at bottom is ‘Why is there something rather than nothing?’ The question is best answered by the Contingency Argument for God proposed by Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz.
What is the Leibniz’ Contingency Argument for God?
Leibniz’ contingency argument for God is developed by establishing certain facts and at its simplest, it is a syllogism, like so:
P2. If the universe has an explanation of its existence, that explanation is God.
P3. The universe exists.
C. The explanation of the universe’s existence is God.
The logic of the argument is airtight and undeniable. If all the premises are more likely true than false, then the conclusion follows logically.