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The Finitude of the Past and the Existence of God

William Lane Craig

in Theism, Atheism, and Big Bang Cosmology

Published in print May 1995 | ISBN: 9780198263838
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191682650 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198263838.003.0001

Series: Clarendon Paperbacks

The Finitude of the Past and the Existence of God

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This chapter presents an essay which evaluates the history of the argument about the finitude of the past and the existence of God in Christian, Islamic, and Jewish thought. It argues in defense of this argument in light of contemporary developments in science and philosophy, and updates relevant aspects of observational and theoretical cosmology. This chapter also discusses Zeno's paradoxes, Immanuel Kant's first antimony concerning time, God's relationship to time, and the thermodynamic confirmation of the beginning of the universe.

Keywords: finitude; past; existence of God; antimony of time; Zeno's paradoxes; cosmology

Chapter.  32209 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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