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Theism, Atheism, and Big Bang Cosmology

William Lane Craig and Quentin Smith


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


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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