Chapter

The Caused Beginning of the Universe

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/9780198263838.003.0005

Series: Clarendon Paperbacks

The Caused Beginning of the Universe

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This chapter argues against Quentin Smith's proposition about the uncaused beginning of the universe. It suggests that Smith failed to carry the second prong of his argument that the universe began to exist without being caused to do so. It also shows that Smith misconstrued the causal principle in question, appealed to false analogies of ex nihilo, contradicted himself in holding the singularity to be the source of the universe, and trivialized his own argument through reduction of causation to predictability in principle.

Keywords: uncaused beginning; universe; Quentin Smith; causal principle; singularity; false analogies

Chapter.  8546 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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