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Infinity and the Past

Quentin Smith

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/9780198263838.003.0002

Series: Clarendon Paperbacks

Infinity and the Past

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This chapter presents an essay which aims to refute the argument that the past is necessarily finite. It considers the arguments offered by William Lane Craig and arguments by other philosophers. It agrees that Big Bang cosmology warrants the conclusion that the past is finite but it also argues that the beginning of the universe is not caused by God or anything else. To illustrate the finiteness of the past, this chapter uses the definition of an event as being a maximal complex of whatever occurs during a temporal interval of one second.

Keywords: past; finiteness; William Lane Craig; Big Bang cosmology

Chapter.  6476 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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