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A Criticism of the Cosmological Argument for God's Non-existence

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/9780198263838.003.0010

Series: Clarendon Paperbacks

A Criticism of the Cosmological Argument for God's Non-existence

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This chapter criticizes Quentin Smith's cosmological argument for God's non-existence. It analyses the elements of Smith's Big Bang cosmological argument for the non-existence of God and offers a counter-argument for each of them. It explains that the ontological status of the Big Bang singularity is a metaphysical question and that Smith made incorrect assumptions. Another incorrect assumption made by Smith is that animate beings that exist are those that exist in the physical universe. It explains that, according to Christian theism, the physical universe does not exhaust the created order.

Keywords: non-existence of God; cosmological argument; Quentin Smith; Big Bang cosmology; animate beings; Christian theism

Chapter.  8558 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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