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The Uncaused Beginning of the Universe

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/9780198263838.003.0004

Series: Clarendon Paperbacks

The Uncaused Beginning of the Universe

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This chapter argues that there is sufficient evidence at present to warrant the conclusion that the universe probably began to exist over 10 billion years ago and that it began to exist without being caused to do so. It also provides counter-arguments to the propositions that the universe was caused by God and that the universe is probably infinitely old. It analyses quantum mechanical considerations and concludes that the argument for a divine cause of the Big Bang based on the causal principle is unsuccessful.

Keywords: uncaused beginning; universe; arguments; God; divine cause; causal principle; Big Bang theory; quantum mechanics

Chapter.  13197 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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