We are gravely and repeatedly told that there is no effect without a cause, that the world did not make itself. But the universe is a cause, it is not an effect; it is not a work, it has not been made, because it is impossible that it should have been made. The world has always been; its existence is necessary, it is its own cause. Nature, whose essence is visibly to act and produce, requires not, to discharge her functions, an invisible mover, much more unknown than herself. Matter moves by its own energy, by a necessary consequence of its heterogeneity. The diversity of motion, or modes of mutual action, constitutes alone the diversity of matter. We distinguish beings from one another only by the different impressions or motions which they can communicate to our organs.

d’Holdbach in Good Sense

On creation of the Universe

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As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

12 thoughts on “On creation of the Universe

  1. There is no need of a god for the universe to look as we find it. There is no certainty that the singularity was the beginning of existence. There is no certainty that there is non-exixtence outside the universe that we know. The size of existence is unknown – does one grain of sand know how big the beach is?

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  2. Mordanicus says:

    Indeed, there is no reason to assume that the universe has ever been created in the first place. No creation makes the concept of a creator obsolete.

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  3. shelldigger says:

    I am afraid creation only makes for more questions than answers. Unanswerable questions at that. Unless “god is unknowable”, or “works in mysterious ways” is an acceptable answer. There are many things science has yet to discover, but the answers it provides are grounded in reality.

    …and indeed the grain of sand knowing the size of the beach is an apt observation. Our universe is so extraordinarily (to our perceptions) huge, that it is difficult to comprehend. As an amateur astronomer that loves the hobby, I often ponder these things while hunting down galaxies far far away 🙂

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    • makagutu says:

      The person saying god is unknowable must tell us how they got to know that their god, whatever it is, is unknowable. Indeed there are many things we don’t know as yet, but those things can only be known by studying nature not by going on our knees to worship phantoms.

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  4. aguywithoutboxers says:

    Outstanding excerpt, my friend! Thank you! I agree with Mordanicus’ comment above. Have a great weekend! 🙂

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  5. mixedupmeme says:

    I have not heard of D’Holbach nor of most of the writers you quote. I am so glad I have you to point me to them. 🙂
    As D’Holbach says…..It just makes GOOD SENSE that there is no need for a creator.

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  6. holly says:

    I have always found the cause and effect arguments interesting. I no longer ascribe to a “god did it” for the unknown answers we have to the many questions set ever before us. However, I do not think we can say with certainty that “it has always been”. I think we have the right to embrace the mystery. 😉

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