I understand the concept of infinite regress. You just haven't shown logically why God gets a pass on infinite regress while everything else, including our intelligent minds, is constrained by the requirement of a prior event in order to have or perform a current event.
You are simply saying that the cause must be intelligent (without a logical proof) and all powerfull (without a logical proof). Well, this matches one of the concepts of God...therefore God must exist.
If the first cause is outside of time, then the constraints that come with being in a time stream do not affect the first cause no matter what form that first cause is...intelligent or mindless. You cannot logically limit something outside of time with constraints that require time in order to be constraints at all.
The whole "logical proof of God" depends on God being outside of time and space. If something is outside of time and space, there is no "moment of his choosing" or "PRIOR to x" as we conceive of such things. Therefore, you cannot logically constrain anything outside of time and space with the limitations of time and space. Causality is one of those limitations. You can't have infinite regress of events if there is no "before".
So, either God outside of time and space has the same causality limitations as a mindless first cause outside of time and space, or God has some other attribute that eliminates the His dependence on causality. Intelligence doesn't work logically because you can't show any example of intelligence overturning the causality limitation.
The statement "because I said so" is not a logical proof.
A cause must come before an effect, in order for the effect to occur. So there must necessarily be a "before" (a past, present, and future in relation to changes and events).
Now, you say that I haven't logically justified why God escapes an impossible infinite regress. Yet that's exactly what I've just done (once again). If you disagree, then you need to logically substantiate your claim. Simply stating that I haven't logically supported why intelligence escapes an infinite regress, is not a valid argument. It's merely an arbitrary assertion on your part.
Here again is my explanation:
Either way, there is an uncaused eternal cause, since something cannot come from nothing (in other words, something
had to have existed forever). Either this uncaused cause is mindless, or, intelligent. So which is it? ...A mindless uncaused cause would lead to an impossible infinite regress of events, since all events in such a scenario would be caused as a direct result
of an endless string of past changes to that which exists. Meaning they depend on
one prior change after another prior change (after another, after another...) in order to have occurred. Meaning they couldn't happen without the prior string of connected changes... If we were to follow a timeline "back through eternity", and then start coming forward to the present, one change would have led to another change, which would have led to another change, which would have led to another change, so on and so forth... And BEFORE any single change or event, all of the PRIOR changes must
have occurred in order for that single change or event to occur, or it never would have occurred. But this is impossible, since an eternal existence in this mindless scenario would require that infinite past changes and events have transpired to get to our present time (the existence of you and I). On the other hand, an intelligent, all powerful being (as the uncaused cause) does NOT rely on a string of past events. At any given moment, an intelligent all powerful being can cause an event (such as our universe) which does NOT rely on an endless string of past changes. Rather, such an event would rely on God's existence, His power, and His will and choice
to cause whatever event He desires at any given moment
If you were God, and you wanted to clap your hands, would you be able to clap your hands at any given moment
, despite your eternal past? Of course! ...You'd raise your arms, you would clap your hands together - and it would happen right then and there.
In the same way, God could have created our universe at any given moment of his choosing. Conversely, a mindless something can't just choose to do "x" (like clapping hands) at any given moment. Instead
, something would have to exist PRIOR to x, and would have to change in some way, so as to cause x to happen. But that's not all... Whatever came before x that changed so as to cause x, was itself the result of another prior change, and then that
change was the result of another prior change, and that change was the result of another prior change... And so on, "backwards through an infinite past". (An impossible infinite regress.)