Creation out of Nothing: A Biblical, Philosophical, and Scientific Exploration

Creation out of Nothing: A Biblical, Philosophical, and Scientific Exploration

by Paul Copan, William Lane Craig
     
 
In this lucid and insightful book, Paul Copan and William Lane Craig fully explore the doctrine of creatio ex nihilo, focusing on biblical, extrabiblical, theological, philosophical, and scientific support for the doctrine. Creation out of Nothing begins with a statement about the significance of creatio ex nihilo that clearly defines what is meant -- and what is not

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In this lucid and insightful book, Paul Copan and William Lane Craig fully explore the doctrine of creatio ex nihilo, focusing on biblical, extrabiblical, theological, philosophical, and scientific support for the doctrine. Creation out of Nothing begins with a statement about the significance of creatio ex nihilo that clearly defines what is meant -- and what is not meant -- by the concept. The authors discuss the doctrine within the context of the Old and New Testaments and extrabiblical material. Copan and Craig then discuss the philosophical issues of creation versus conservation and the finite versus infinite past before addressing the scientific confirmation of creatio ex nihilo.

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Library Journal
While the apocalyptic worldview of Tim Lahaye and Jerry B. Jenkins's "Left Behind" series is not new, the popularity of the series and the growth of evangelical Christianity have helped bring it into the mainstream. Both of these books question the series, an approach its readers-mainly evangelical Christians-may not appreciate. Both books identify the series' appeal as speaking to people's desire for certainty in uncertain times by offering a view of good and evil, saved and damned. Forbes (religious studies, Morningside Coll.) and Kilde (religious studies, Macalester Coll.) present essays addressing the series' popularity, the history of millenarian thinking, and the series' viewpoints as seen through religious, political, and sociological frameworks. Frykholm (literature, cultural studies, & religion, Colorado Mountain Coll.) looks at the series' readers through interviews, which she places in a religious and sociological context. She finds that the acceptance of the story line is often unquestioned and even unrecognized by readers. Yet readers are not passive, as their beliefs require action. Nor are they simplistic, even though they may be accepting a simplistic view. Similar but complementary, grounded in academia but accessible, these provocative books are a rich addition to contemporary thought. Recommended for all libraries.-Nancy Almand, Weld Lib. Dist., Greeley, CO Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781844740383
Publisher:
Baker Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/28/2004
Pages:
288

Meet the Author

Paul Copan (Ph.D., Marquette University) is the Pledger Family Chair of Philosophy and Ethics at Palm Beach Atlantic University. He is the author or editor of various books, including The Rationality of Theism. William Lane Craig (Ph.D., University of Birmingham; D.Theol., University of Munich) is research professor of philosophy at Talbot School of Theology and author or editor of several books, including Philosophical Foundations for a Christian Worldview.

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