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Kalam Cosmological Argument, the #01: Philosophical Arguments For the Finitude of the Past (Bloomsbury Studies In Philosophy Of Religion Series)

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Did the universe begin to exist? If so, did it have a cause? Or could it have come into existence uncaused, from nothing? These questions are taken up by the medieval-though recently-revived-kalam cosmological argument, which has arguably been the most...


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Did the universe begin to exist? If so, did it have a cause? Or could it have come into existence uncaused, from nothing? These questions are taken up by the medieval-though recently-revived-kalam cosmological argument, which has arguably been the most discussed philosophical argument for God's existence in recent decades. The kalam's line of reasoning maintains that the series of past events cannot be infinite but rather is finite. Since the universe could not have come into being uncaused, there must be a transcendent cause of the universe's beginning, a conclusion supportive of theism. This anthology on the philosophical arguments for the finitude of the past asks: Is an infinite series of past events metaphysically possible? Should actual infinites be restricted to theoretical mathematics, or can an actual infinite exist in the concrete world? These essays by kalam proponents and detractors engage in lively debate about the nature of infinity and its conundrums; about frequently-used kalam argument paradoxes of Tristram Shandy, the Grim Reaper, and Hilbert's Hotel; and about the infinity of the future.
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PRODUCT DETAIL
  • Catalogue Code 546890
  • Product Code 9781501352539
  • ISBN 1501352539
  • EAN 9781501352539
  • Pages 336
  • Department Academic
  • Category Philosophy
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Bloomsbury Usa
  • Publication Date Jun 2019
  • Sales Rank 77068
  • Dimensions 229 x 152 x 17mm
  • Weight 0.454kg

William Lane Craig (Ed)

William Lane Craig is Research Professor of Philosophy at Talbot School of Theology in La Mirada, California. He and his wife Jan have been married since 1971, and have two adult children.

Dr. Craig was born in 1949, in Peoria, Illinois. From an early age, he proved to be a champion debater at school. At the age of sixteen as a junior in high school, he first heard the message of the Christian gospel and yielded his life to Christ.

Dr. Craig pursued his undergraduate studies at Wheaton College (B.A. 1971) and graduate studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (M.A. 1974; M.A. 1975), the University of Birmingham (England) (Ph.D. 1977), and the University of Munich (Germany) (D.Theol. 1984). From 1980-86 he taught Philosophy of Religion at Trinity, during which time he and Jan started their family. In 1987 they moved to Brussels, Belgium, where Dr. Craig pursued research at the University of Louvain until assuming his position at Talbot in 1994.

Dr Craig has emerged as one of the most redoubtable defenders of Christian truth at the top levels of academic philosophy in our time. He has publicly debated theologians, biblical scholars, philosophers, scientists, and various pundits on matters of Christian truth, including Antony Flew, Lawrence Krauss, Marcus Borg, Gerd Ludemann, Bart Ehrman, Christopher Hitchens, and several prominent Muslim apologists. Richard Dawkins has refused to debate with him.

Dr Craig has authored or edited over thirty books, including The Kalam Cosmological Argument, which has prompted more articles in contemporary philosophical journals than any other current argument for God's existence; also Assessing the New Testament Evidence for the Historicity of the Resurrection of Jesus; Divine Foreknowledge and Human Freedom; Theism, Atheism and Big Bang Cosmology; and God, Time and Eternity, as well as over a hundred articles in professional journals of philosophy and theology, including The Journal of Philosophy, New Testament Studies, Journal for the Study of the New Testament, American Philosophical Quarterly, Philosophical Studies, Philosophy, and British Journal for Philosophy of Science

Paul Copan (Ed)

Paul Copan (PhD. Marquette University) is Pledger Family Chair of Philosophy and Ethics Palm Beach Atlantic University, Florida. He has authored and edited a number of books including True for You, But Not for Me: Deflating the Slogans That Leave Christians Speechless (Bethany House), That's Just Your Interpretation: Responding to Skeptics Who Challenge Your Faith (Baker). Russian translation completed June 2003. Co-authored with William Lane Craig, Creation ex Nihilo: A Biblical, Philosophical, and Scientific Exploration (Baker Book House) and Jesus' Resurrection Fact Or Figment? (Intervarsity Press).

  • Acknowledgments
  • Foreword
  • Introduction
  • Paul Copan (palm Beach Atlantic University, Usa)
  • Part 1. Whatever Begins To Exist Has A Cause
  • 1. A New Critique Of Theological Misinterpretations Of Physical Cosmology
  • Adolf Grunbaum (university Of Pittsburgh, Usa)
  • 2. Prof. Grunbaum On The `normalcy Of Nothingness' In The Leibnizian And Kalam Cosmological Arguments
  • William Lane Craig (talbot School Of Theology, Usa)
  • Part 2. The Universe Began To Exist
  • Deductive Arguments
  • 2.1 Argument Based On Impossibility Of Existence Of An Actual Infinite
  • 3. Must Metaphysical Time Have A Beginning?
  • Wes Morriston (university Of Colorado Boulder, Usa)
  • 4. Craig On The Actual Infinite
  • Wes Morriston (university Of Colorado Boulder, Usa)
  • 5. On The Beginning Of Time: A Reply To Wes Morriston Concerning The Existence Of Actual Infinities
  • Andrew Loke (university Of Hong Kong, Hong Kong)
  • 6. No Beginning, No Explanation: The Kalam Cosmological Argument And The Principle Of Sufficient Reason
  • David S. Oderberg (university Of Reading, Uk)
  • 7. Excerpt From Arguing About Gods
  • Graham Oppy (monash University, Australia)
  • 8. Graham Oppy On The Kalam Cosmological Argument
  • William Lane Craig (talbot School Of Theology, Usa)
  • 9. Heartbreak At Hilbert's Hotel
  • Landon Hedrick (university Of Nebraska - Lincoln, Usa)
  • 10. No Heartbreak At Hilbert's Hotel: A Reply To Landon Hedrick
  • Andrew Loke (university Of Hong Kong, Hong Kong)
  • 11. Finitism And The Beginning Of The Universe
  • Stephen Puryear (nc State University, Usa)
  • 2.2 Argument Based On The Impossibility Of Formation Of An Actual Infinite By Successive Addition
  • 12. Traversal Of The Infinite, The `big Bang,' And The Kalam Cosmological Argument
  • David S. Oderberg (university Of Reading, Uk)
  • 13. The Tristram Shandy Paradox: A Response To David S. Oderberg
  • Graham Oppy (monash University, Australia)
  • 14. The Tristram Shandy Paradox: A Reply To Graham Oppy
  • David S. Oderberg (university Of Reading, Uk)
  • 15. Methuselah's Diary And The Finitude Of The Past
  • Ben Waters
  • 16. The Grim Reaper Kalam Argument: From Temporal And Causal Finitism To God
  • Robert C. Koons (university Of Texas At Austin, Usa)
  • 17. Endless Future: A Persistent Thorn In The Kalam Cosmological Argument
  • Yishai Cohen (syracuse University, Usa)
  • 18. The Kalam Cosmological Argument
  • William Lane Craig (talbot School Of Theology, Usa)
  • Permissions
  • Index

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