Chapter

Time Was Created by a Timeless Point

Quentin Smith

in God and Time

Published in print December 2001 | ISBN: 9780195129656
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849130 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195129656.003.0006
Time Was Created by a Timeless Point

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This chapter rejects both the theistic and the standard atheistic explanation for the beginning of the universe. The theist holds that God caused the big bang. The standard atheistic story is that the big bang was uncaused. It is argued that the big bang, and hence all of spacetime, was caused. It was caused by a simple timeless point. This hypothesis is to be preferred to the theistic hypothesis because it can be shown to be more probable.

Keywords: God; spacetime; big bang; universe

Chapter.  18548 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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