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

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The Christian church has historically believed that God created the universe out of nothing. But some theologians and non-Christian groups believe that the universe has always existed along with God. Who is correct? Does it matter?

In Creation out of Nothing, authors Paul Copan and William Lane Craig examine the biblical, philosophical, and scientific case for creation out of nothing. Furthermore, they make it clear that nothing less than the uniqueness and sovereignty of God ...

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Overview

The Christian church has historically believed that God created the universe out of nothing. But some theologians and non-Christian groups believe that the universe has always existed along with God. Who is correct? Does it matter?

In Creation out of Nothing, authors Paul Copan and William Lane Craig examine the biblical, philosophical, and scientific case for creation out of nothing. Furthermore, they make it clear that nothing less than the uniqueness and sovereignty of God are at stake. This book will challenge all thoughtful Christians to understand why it is important to believe in the doctrine of creation out of nothing.

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Editorial Reviews

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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801027338
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/1/2004
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,282,988
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.59 (d)

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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Table of Contents

1 The Old Testament witness to creatio ex nihilo 29
2 The New Testament witness to creatio ex nihilo 71
3 The extrabiblical witness to creatio ex nihilo 93
4 Understanding the notion of creatio ex nihilo 147
5 Creatio ex nihilo and abstract objects 167
6 Philosophical arguments for creatio ex nihilo 197
7 Scientific evidence for creatio ex nihilo 219
8 Naturalistic alternatives to creatio ex nihilo 249
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