1.6% of the North American population refuses to accept the common sense, common knowledge positions:
. Whatever begins to exist has an external cause for its beginning to exist.
. Whatever begins to exist has an explanation of its beginning to exist - either in the necessity of its existence (it can’t NOT exist) or in an external explanation.
These people can’t give any example of things that have come into being without an external cause. They just maintain that not everything needs a cause (they’re only thinking of the universe) to begin to exist.
There is one reason and one reason only for the resistence that is generated in this cult. The reason is, if everything that begins to exist has a cause - Then God exists as the First Cause of everything.
Therefore people in this group say things that completely contradict what science tells us, eg.
. There can be an infinite regress of cause.
. There can be a material infinite.
People in this population must maintain their implausible position, not because of the evidence but in spite of the evidence. If they don’t resist this common sense, common knowledge position of cause and effect, their belief system will collapse.