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Why there is Something rather than Nothing$
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Bede Rundle

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199270507

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2004

DOI: 10.1093/0199270503.001.0001

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Creation and Conservation

Creation and Conservation

(p.74) 4 Creation and Conservation
Why there is Something rather than Nothing

Bede Rundle

Oxford University Press

The preceding account of causation reveals it as bound to the physical every bit as much as are length, breadth, and depth. This makes any conception of divine agency difficult to defend, and a further problem is to be found in the consideration that a divine act, as of creation, would have to be temporally extended. God's relation to time is discussed, and it is argued that there is no call for an appeal to a creative act to explain the continuing existence of the universe.

Keywords:   agency, causation, conservation, creation, time

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