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Theism, Atheism, and Big Bang Cosmology$
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William Lane Craig and Quentin Smith

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780198263838

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198263838.001.0001

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Infinity and the Past

Infinity and the Past

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(p.77) II Infinity and the Past
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Theism, Atheism, and Big Bang Cosmology
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Quentin Smith

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198263838.003.0002

This chapter presents an essay which aims to refute the argument that the past is necessarily finite. It considers the arguments offered by William Lane Craig and arguments by other philosophers. It agrees that Big Bang cosmology warrants the conclusion that the past is finite but it also argues that the beginning of the universe is not caused by God or anything else. To illustrate the finiteness of the past, this chapter uses the definition of an event as being a maximal complex of whatever occurs during a temporal interval of one second.

Keywords:   past, finiteness, William Lane Craig, Big Bang cosmology

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