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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Academic (June 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801027330
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801027338
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #737,361 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Paul Copan (Ph.D., Marquette University) is the Pledger Family Chair of Philosophy and Ethics at Palm Beach Atlantic University. He is the author or editor of various books, including The Rationality of Theism. William Lane Craig (Ph.D., University of Birmingham; D.Theol., University of Munich) is research professor of philosophy at Talbot School of Theology and author or editor of several books, including Philosophical Foundations for a Christian Worldview.

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I read this book last week and found it very edifying.
Michael Ruangnol
Although I do not share the authors’ evangelical theology, this book is not a work about personally held beliefs as much as Biblical studies, philosophy and science.
Searching the Stars
As per usual, Craig does an outstanding job with this topic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Searching the Stars on March 11, 2014
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Every person interested in metaphysics, especially philosophy of religion, should read this book. Don’t be turned off by the authors’ classical theism! (And remember that, although many physicists are theists, many other physicists have a personal bias against classical theism.) It’s good to get both perspectives.

I have a Ph.D. in philosophy of religion and have published several articles in peer-reviewed philosophy and religion journals. I found Craig and Copan’s Creation Out of Nothing to be a substantial work on many fronts. Although I do not share the authors’ evangelical theology, this book is not a work about personally held beliefs as much as Biblical studies, philosophy and science. They were not dogmatic. I wish they had referenced Robert Neville’s work on creation ex nihilo.

I read this book with the interpretive lens of how theistic thinkers might present the idea of creation ex nihilo (creation out of nothing) in general and looking at the Big Bang. The authors make a strong case that the Big Bang could be seen as a correlate in physics of the theological idea of creation out of nothing. They tend not to make absolute claims, but talk about plausibility. They make a strong case.

The first section of the book deals with Biblical materials. They admit creation out of nothing, in those words per se, is not prominent in the Biblical text. But they contrast Biblical cosmogony with Babylonian and Platonic views. The Biblical tradition portrays God as creating by word or will and not by pre-existing material. Creation ex nihilo does seem to develop quite naturally from the Biblical perspective.

There is a detailed section on post-Biblical Christian and Jewish writers.

Then follows an interesting section of the nature of “abstract objects.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By William Dyer on February 19, 2014
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Def will stretch your mind. Copan and Craig are deep thinkers. I would only suggest this for Intermediate-Advanced Apologetic thinkers
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A very systematic,straightforward approach to the creation of the universe out of nothing. The book at times can be very heady but comprehensible.
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12 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Clapsaddle on July 18, 2007
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This book is a tour-de-force by Drs. William Lane Craig and Paul Copan. They present very convicing evidence that backs up the Biblical claim that God created the world out of nothing. Any physicist or philosopher wishing to peddle some alternative theory of how the universe came into being must engage this masterpiece first.
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