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God and TimeEssays on the Divine Nature$
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Gregory E. Ganssle and David M. Woodruff

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780195129656

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195129656.001.0001

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Time Was Created by a Timeless Point

Time Was Created by a Timeless Point

An Atheist Explanation of Spacetime

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God and Time

Quentin Smith

Oxford University Press

This chapter rejects both the theistic and the standard atheistic explanation for the beginning of the universe. The theist holds that God caused the big bang. The standard atheistic story is that the big bang was uncaused. It is argued that the big bang, and hence all of spacetime, was caused. It was caused by a simple timeless point. This hypothesis is to be preferred to the theistic hypothesis because it can be shown to be more probable.

Keywords:   God, spacetime, big bang, universe

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