Mills gives so little credit to theists that he is content to dismiss the “cosmological arguments” in three sentences:
For if “everything needs a cause to account for its existence,” then we are forced to address the question of who or what created God.
If God always existed, and therefore needs no causal explanation, then the original premise of the cosmological argument — that everything needs a cause — has been shown to be erroneous: something can exist without a cause. …
If we can suppose that God always existed…, then we can suppose instead that the mass-energy comprising our universe always existed and thus requires no causal explanation. (30)
I invite Mills to try to respond to something that’s not a straw man.