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Why the Big Bang Singularity does not Help the Kalam Cosmological Argument for Theism

Pitts, J. Brian (2007) Why the Big Bang Singularity does not Help the Kalam Cosmological Argument for Theism. [Preprint]

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    Abstract

    The Big Bang singularity provides little or no evidence for creation in the finite past and hence for theism. Whether one dismisses singularities or takes them seriously, physics licenses no first moment of (space-)time. A physical theory might lack a metric or any other notion of finite length for curves, so a general notion of "beginning" must involve a first moment. The analogy between the Big Bang singularity and stellar gravitational collapse suggests that a Creator is required in the first case only if a Destroyer is needed in the second. The need for and progress in quantum gravity and the underdetermination of theories by data make it difficult to take singularities seriously.


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    Item Type: Preprint
    Keywords: creation, Kalam, cosmological argument, Big Bang, singularity, theism
    Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Cosmology
    General Issues > Science and Religion
    Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
    General Issues > Conventionalism
    Depositing User: Dr. Dr. J. Brian Pitts
    Date Deposited: 09 Sep 2007
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:15
    Item ID: 3496
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/3496

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