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Time and the Metaphysics of Relativity (Philosophical Studies Series) 2001st Edition

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"In this book, Craig draws some important strands together regarding the concept of God and relativity theory. … In his excellent, integrative work, Craig has superbly brought together a tensed (A-) theory of time, divine temporality, and neo-Lorentzian relativity." (Paul Copan, The Review of Metaphysics, Vol. LVI (223), 2003)

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Product Details

  • Series: Philosophical Studies Series (Book 84)
  • Hardcover: 284 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; 2001 edition (December 31, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0792366689
  • ISBN-13: 978-0792366683
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,316,266 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am the Research Professor of Philosophy at Talbot School of Theology in La Mirada, California. With my wife Jan, we have two grown children.

At the age of sixteen as a junior in high school, I first heard the message of the Christian gospel and yielded my life to Christ. I pursued undergraduate studies at Wheaton College (B.A. 1971) and graduate studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (M.A. 1974; M.A. 1975), the University of Birmingham (England) (Ph.D. 1977), and the University of Munich (Germany) (D.Theol. 1984). From 1980-86 I taught Philosophy of Religion at Trinity, during which time we started our family. In 1987 we moved to Brussels, Belgium, where I pursued research at the University of Louvain until assuming my position at Talbot in 1994.

I have authored or edited over thirty books, including The Kalam Cosmological Argument; Assessing the New Testament Evidence for the Historicity of the Resurrection of Jesus; Divine Foreknowledge and Human Freedom; Theism, Atheism and Big Bang Cosmology; and God, Time and Eternity, as well as over a hundred articles in professional journals of philosophy and theology, including Philosophia Christi, The Journal of Philosophy, New Testament Studies, Journal for the Study of the New Testament, American Philosophical Quarterly, Philosophical Studies, Philosophy, and British Journal for Philosophy of Science.

My CV can be read here: http://www.reasonablefaith.org/site/PageServer?pagename=curriculum_vitae

Publication list: http://www.reasonablefaith.org/site/PageServer?pagename=publications_main

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pricilla L. Martinez on November 30, 2014
Format: Hardcover
This is a brilliant work reconciling Special Relativity with God and Time. He shows three interpretations of the theory, first Einstein's original which is a 3+1 Ontology (3-Dimensions and 1 of time) which though combinable with an A-series of time nevertheless is a Relative Interpretation due to relative reference frames so is called the Relativity Interpretation. The second view was held by both Einstein and Minkowski (Einstein abandoning his original interpretation). This holds to a 4-Dimensional ontology time being connected to space thus known as the Spacetime interpretation which holds to a B-series of time. Then the final interpretation of Lorentz which is a a 3+1 Ontology, holding to an A-series of time but with a fundamental and priviledged frame so that absolute time is upheld. He gives reasons as to why he considers the last superior philosophically, theologically and even scientifically giving a Neo-Lorentzian view.Read more ›
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By SacraPhilosophica on May 23, 2013
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This book thoroughly looks at relativity theory and examines the metaphysics that it rests upon. Craig examines the topic in a way that calls into question the legion of misunderstandings about relativity theory that most implicitly assume. He argues plausibly that a Minkowskian 4-D model is not the only model that can account for the empirical data, but that a neo-Lorentzian 3-D model can do so as well. This is of deep import, since it demonstrates that the notion of absolute time is just as consistent with the data as is relativistic time. Craig discusses the historical dismissal of absolute time within its contemporary philosophical context. Strikingly, the notion of absolute time was abandoned not in virtue of any serious logical or empirical necessity (as is commonly thought), but was disregarded simply due to the prominence of the verificationism of the era which itself has long been abandoned. Craig does a good job of making key conceptual distinctions between different senses of the words "absolute" and "relative" and shows that the confusion of these different senses of the words lead to the common errors so evident in popularist understandings of the subject. To conclude, this is a worthy academic text that should be read by philosophers, physicists, and even theologians. This is a good example of philosophy doing its work to deepen the understanding via rational method. Highly recommended.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 25, 2014
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William Lane Craig has made a great volume. It is a philosophically informed treatise on relativity and the ontology of time. He is fair and presenting and critiquing different interpretations of relativity , even if you disagree with his conclusion. A must read for any interested in philosophy of physics.
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6 of 26 people found the following review helpful By phozee on September 22, 2013
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$200 price tag for a book making scientific claims by someone who doesn't understand the basics of science. I recommend trying to watch him debate before wasting your money on something like this.
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