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Theism, Atheism, and Big Bang Cosmology
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Theism, Atheism, and Big Bang Cosmology

William Lane Craig and Quentin Smith

Abstract

Contemporary science presents us with the remarkable theory that the universe began to exist about fifteen billion years ago with a cataclysmic explosion called ‘the Big Bang’. The question of whether Big Bang cosmology supports theism or atheism has long been a matter of discussion among the general public and in popular science books, but has received scant attention from philosophers. This book sets out to fill this gap by means of a sustained debate between two philosophers, William Lane Craig and Quentin Smith, who defend opposing positions. Craig argues that the Big Bang that began the u ... More

Keywords: contemporary science, universe, Big Bang, cosmology, theism, atheism, God, Einstein, theory of relativity, Stephen Hawking

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1995 Print ISBN-13: 9780198263838
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198263838.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

William Lane Craig, author
Catholic University of Louvain
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Quentin Smith, author
Western Michigan University
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