Theism, Atheism, and Big Bang Cosmology / Edition 1

Theism, Atheism, and Big Bang Cosmology / Edition 1

by William Lane Craig
     
 

Contemporary science presents us with the remarkable theory that the universe began to exist about fifteen billion years ago with a cataclysmic explosion called "the Big Bang." The question of whether Big Bang cosmology supports theism or atheism has long been a matter of discussion among the general public and in popular science books, but has received

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Contemporary science presents us with the remarkable theory that the universe began to exist about fifteen billion years ago with a cataclysmic explosion called "the Big Bang." The question of whether Big Bang cosmology supports theism or atheism has long been a matter of discussion among the general public and in popular science books, but has received scant attention from philosophers. This book sets out to fill this gap by means of a sustained debate between two philosophers, William Lane Craig and Quentin Smith, who defend opposing positions. Craig argues that the Big Bang that began the universe was created by God, while Smith argues that the Big Bang has no cause. Alternating chapters by the two philosophers criticize and attempt to refute preceding arguments. Their arguments are based on Einstein's theory of relativity and include a discussion of the new quantum cosmology recently developed by Stephen Hawking and popularized in A Brief History of Time.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198263838
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
05/28/1995
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
1,264,810
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 5.40(h) x 0.80(d)

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Table of Contents

1The Theistic Cosmological Argument
IThe Finitude of the Past and the Existence of God3
IIInfinity and the Past77
IIITime and Infinity92
IVThe Uncaused Beginning of the Universe108
VThe Caused Beginning of the Universe141
VIA Criticism of A Posteriori and A Priori Arguments for a Cause of the Big Bang Singularity161
2The Atheistic Cosmological Argument
VIIAtheism, Theism, and Big Bang Cosmology195
VIIITheism and Big Bang Cosmology218
IXA Defence of the Cosmological Argument for God's Non-existence232
XA Criticism of the Cosmological Argument for God's Non-existence256
3Theism, Atheism, and Hawking's Quantum Cosmology
XI'What Place, then, for a Creator?': Hawking on God and Creation279
XIIThe Wave Function of a Godless Universe301
Index338

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