See also, Aristotle, who formulated a similar logical argument for the existence of God, namely:

  • Each event must have a preceding cause.
  • Each cause must have been another, preceding, event
  • In order for this chain of events to have been initiated, there must have been a "Prime Mover" - God. Q.E.D. sic
The notion of complete predestination is also referred to in philosophical literature as "The Clockmaker's Universe." Note: all of these (convincing) theories have significant implications for free will and self-determination and subjective consciousness.

Also note: This argument has a lot in common, for several reasons, with the flat earth theory.