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Kalam Cosmological Argument, the #02: Scientific Evidence For the Beginning of the Universe (Bloomsbury Studies In Philosophy Of Religion Series)

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The ancient kalam cosmological argument maintains that the series of past events is finite and that therefore the universe began to exist. Two recent scientific discoveries have yielded plausible prima facie physical evidence for the beginning of the universe. The...


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The ancient kalam cosmological argument maintains that the series of past events is finite and that therefore the universe began to exist. Two recent scientific discoveries have yielded plausible prima facie physical evidence for the beginning of the universe. The expansion of the universe points to its beginning-to a Big Bang-as one retraces the universe's expansion in time. And the second law of thermodynamics, which implies that the universe's energy is progressively degrading, suggests that the universe began with an initial low entropy condition. The kalam cosmological argument-perhaps the most discussed philosophical argument for God's existence in recent decades-maintains that whatever begins to exist must have a cause. And since the universe began to exist, there must be a transcendent cause of its beginning, a conclusion which is confirmatory of theism. So this medieval argument for the finitude of the past has received fresh wind in its sails from recent scientific discoveries. This collection reviews and assesses the merits of the latest scientific evidences for the universe's beginning. It ends with the kalam argument's conclusion that the universe has a cause-a personal cause with properties of theological significance.
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PRODUCT DETAIL
  • Catalogue Code 546891
  • Product Code 9781501352584
  • ISBN 150135258X
  • EAN 9781501352584
  • Pages 376
  • Department Academic
  • Category Science
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication Date May 2019
  • Sales Rank 78052
  • Dimensions 229 x 152 x 19mm

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)
  • Inductive Arguments
  • 2.3 The Inductive Argument Based On Expansion Of The Universe
  • 1. The Kalam Cosmological Argument
  • William Lane Craig (talbot School Of Theology, Usa) And James Sinclair (warfare Analyst, Usa)
  • 2. Why The Big Bang Singularity Does Not Help The Kalam Cosmological Argument For Theism
  • J. Brian Pitts (university Of Notre Dame, Usa)
  • 3. On Non-singular Spacetimes And The Beginning Of The Universe
  • William Lane Craig (talbot School Of Theology, Usa) And James Sinclair (warfare Analyst, Usa)
  • 4. The Beginning Of The Universe
  • Alexander Vilenkin (tufts Institute Of Cosmology, Usa)
  • 2.4 The Inductive Argument Based On Thermodynamic Properties Of The Universe
  • 5. A Dying Universe: The Long-term Fate And Evolution Of Astrophysical Objects
  • Fred C. Adams (university Of Delaware, Usa) And Gregory Laughlin (university Of California, Santa Cruz, Usa)
  • 6. Heat Death In Ancient And Modern Thermodynamics
  • Gabor Kutrovatz (eoetvoes Lorand University, Hungary)
  • 7. Entropy And Eschatology: A Comment On Kutrovatz's Paper "heat Death In Ancient And Modern Thermodynamics"
  • Milan M. Cirkovic (university Of Novi Sad, Serbia)
  • 8. The Generalized Second Law Implies A Quantum Singularity Theorem
  • Aron C. Wall (institute For Advanced Study, Usa)
  • Part 3. Therefore, The Universe Has A Cause
  • 9. Libertarian Agency And The Craig/grunbaum Debate About Theistic Explanation Of The Initial Singularity
  • J. P. Moreland (talbot School Of Theology, Usa)
  • 10. Causation And The Logical Impossibility Of A Divine Cause
  • Quentin Smith (western Michigan University, Usa)
  • 11. Beyond The Big Bang
  • William Lane Craig (talbot School Of Theology, Usa)
  • Permissions
  • Index

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