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Debate on the Existence of God – 1948.

Father Frederick C. Copleston (Jesuit Catholic priest) versus Bertrand Russell (agnostic philosopher.) (The portion on “Contingency” is slightly edited.) This debate was a Third Program broadcast of the British Broadcasting Corporation in 1948. It was reprinted in several sources. Summary Copleston put forward his argument which concentrates simply on contingency. There are things in the universe which are contingent – that is there was a time when they did not exist, e.g. you and me. Everything in the world is like this. Nothing in the world contains within itself the reason for its own existence – nothing is self-explanatory. The...