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Atheism, Theism, and Big Bang Cosmology

Quentin Smith

in Theism, Atheism, and Big Bang Cosmology

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198263838
eISBN:
9780191682650
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198263838.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion, Theology

This chapter begins a debate on the relevance of Big Bang cosmology to the philosophy of religion. It deals with William Lane Craig's theistic cosmological argument that Big Bang cosmology and ... More


A Defence of the Cosmological Argument for God's Non-existence

Quentin Smith

in Theism, Atheism, and Big Bang Cosmology

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198263838
eISBN:
9780191682650
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198263838.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion, Theology

This chapter argues in defence of the cosmological argument about God's non-existence. It proposes a coherent and plausible Big Bang cosmology that is better justified and is capable of standing up ... More


Fossils: Microwave Radiation and Light Elements

P. J. E. Peebles

in Cosmology's Century: An Inside History of Our Modern Understanding of the Universe

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9780691196022
eISBN:
9780691201665
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691196022.003.0004
Subject:
Physics, Particle Physics / Astrophysics / Cosmology

This chapter focuses on the informative fossils left from a time when the universe was very different from now, dense and hot enough to produce the light elements and the sea of thermal radiation ... More


The expanding universe and thermal relics

Ta-Pei Cheng

in Relativity, Gravitation and Cosmology: A Basic Introduction

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780199573639
eISBN:
9780191722448
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199573639.003.0010
Subject:
Physics, Particle Physics / Astrophysics / Cosmology

The dynamics of a changing universe are determined by Friedmann equations, which have simple quasi-Newtonian interpretations. The universe began hot and dense (the big bang), and thereafter expanded ... More


Pseudo-Creation of the Big Bang

Adolf Grünbaum

in Collected Works, Volume I: Scientific Rationality, the Human Condition, and 20th Century Cosmologies

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199989928
eISBN:
9780199346356
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199989928.003.0011
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

Chapter finally considers the scientific credentials of the Big Bang model as compared to competing cosmological theories.


Resolving Puzzles, Problems, and Paradoxes from General Relativity

Michael Silberstein, W.M. Stuckey, and Timothy McDevitt

in Beyond the Dynamical Universe: Unifying Block Universe Physics and Time as Experienced

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
March 2018
ISBN:
9780198807087
eISBN:
9780191844850
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198807087.003.0004
Subject:
Physics, Theoretical, Computational, and Statistical Physics, History of Physics

The main thread of chapter 3 introduces general relativity (GR), Big Bang cosmology, and closed timelike curves, showing how the ant’s-eye view leads to the puzzle of the creation of the universe, ... More


Theism and Big Bang Cosmology

William Lane Craig

in Theism, Atheism, and Big Bang Cosmology

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198263838
eISBN:
9780191682650
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198263838.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion, Theology

This chapter provides counter-arguments against Quentin Smith's atheistic interpretation of the Big Bang cosmology. It suggests that Smith's position is untenable because it lacks consistency, does ... More


A Criticism of the Cosmological Argument for God's Non-existence

William Lane Craig

in Theism, Atheism, and Big Bang Cosmology

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198263838
eISBN:
9780191682650
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198263838.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion, Theology

This chapter criticizes Quentin Smith's cosmological argument for God's non-existence. It analyses the elements of Smith's Big Bang cosmological argument for the non-existence of God and offers a ... More


How Cosmic Structure Grew

P. J. E. Peebles

in Cosmology's Century: An Inside History of Our Modern Understanding of the Universe

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9780691196022
eISBN:
9780691201665
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691196022.003.0005
Subject:
Physics, Particle Physics / Astrophysics / Cosmology

This chapter explores how the very evident departures from Albert Einstein's homogeneity—stars in galaxies in groups and clusters of galaxies—might have formed in an expanding universe. In the ... More


Infinity and the Past

Quentin Smith

in Theism, Atheism, and Big Bang Cosmology

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198263838
eISBN:
9780191682650
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198263838.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion, Theology

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 ... More


Expansion Everlasting

Steven E. Vigdor

in Signatures of the Artist: The Vital Imperfections That Make Our Universe Habitable

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
March 2018
ISBN:
9780198814825
eISBN:
9780191852954
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198814825.003.0005
Subject:
Physics, Particle Physics / Astrophysics / Cosmology

Chapter 5 presents experiments illuminating the cosmological evolution of the universe and its energy budget, accounting for its longevity. The observations establishing the Hubble’s Law linear ... More


The Garland

Cheryl Colopy

in Dirty, Sacred Rivers: Confronting South Asia’s Water Crisis

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
November 2020
ISBN:
9780199845019
eISBN:
9780197563212
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199845019.003.0020
Subject:
Environmental Science, Management of Land and Natural Resources

Bundelkhand is a thirsty land. When I arrived there early in 2008, my skin—already parched from the dry winter air of Kathmandu and Delhi—immediately felt itchy. The cool air hit my sinuses with a ... More


Susu

Cheryl Colopy

in Dirty, Sacred Rivers: Confronting South Asia’s Water Crisis

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
November 2020
ISBN:
9780199845019
eISBN:
9780197563212
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199845019.003.0021
Subject:
Environmental Science, Management of Land and Natural Resources

“You’ll never get a dolphin with a digital camera,” Sushant Dey said, as we floated with the current on the Ganga. “They’re only on the surface for a second. By the time the shutter clicks, it’s ... More


A Theological Critique of the Fine-Tuning Argument

Hans Halvorson

in Knowledge, Belief, and God: New Insights in Religious Epistemology

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
March 2018
ISBN:
9780198798705
eISBN:
9780191848469
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198798705.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion

The fine-tuning argument attempts to use data from contemporary physics as evidence for God’s existence. In particular, contemporary physics suggests that—in absence of any divine intervention—there ... More


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