Theism, Atheism, and Big Bang Cosmology

Paperback | May 1, 1990

byWilliam Lane Craig, Quentin Smith

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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 thegeneral 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 thatbegan the universe was created by God, while Smith argues that the Big Bang has no cause. The book consists of alternating chapters by Craig and Smith, with each chapter being either a criticism of a preceding chapter or being criticized by a subsequent chapter. Part One consists of Craig'sarguments that the past is necessarily finite and that God created the Big Bang, and Smith's criticisms of these arguments. Part Two presents Smith's arguments that Big Bang cosmology is inconsistent with theism and Craig's criticisms of Smith's argument. The authors' arguments are based onEinstein's theory of relativity, and there is also a discussion of Stephen Hawking's new quantum cosmology.

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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 thegeneral public and in popular science books,...

William Lane Craig is at Catholic University of Louvain. Quentin Smith is at Western Michigan University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.83 inPublished:May 1, 1990Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:019826383X

ISBN - 13:9780198263838

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`Those frustrated with the many apparently intransigent philosophical unclarities surrounding the issue of the status of big bang cosmology as evidence for a creator will be delighted to read this volume.'Journal of the American Academy of Religion