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Creation out of Nothing: A Biblical, Philosophical, and Scientific Exploration Paperback – June 1, 2004
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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.Read more ›
After reading the book, it would be an understatement to say that the religious energy devoted to this effort has been energy poorly spent, as they all have been maximally confusing and mutually inconsistent -- but curiously always toeing the orthodox religious line.
In fact, after trying vainly to make sense out of all of this religious ambiguity, the reader will surely discover as I did, that there is at least one heavy-hitting high level religious advocate on every side of these discussions, including on the side that warns against trying to coordinate biblical interpretation with scientifically derived facts. Of all the topics that one would think are most critical to religious beliefs -- creation out of nothing -- the reader will also discover that there is no consensus, nor even a minimally consistent biblical view?
In other words, sadly, and after 166 pages, these religious scholars' arguments curiously all remained at right angles to each other? In the end, exactly nothing was resolved!Read more ›
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Yes, the universe was created 6000 years ago in 6 literal days as described by the One who was there, Jesus Christ in the first book of the bible. Read morePublished on November 16, 2012 by Etienne
A scholarly tour-de-force? Hardly! More like a ho-hum apologetic discourse based on cherry-picking biblical verses and reading modern theology back into ancient writers'... Read morePublished on July 30, 2012 by West Virginia Born
As per usual, Craig does an outstanding job with this topic. He is one of the preeminent scholars in this area of apologetics, and it shows. Highly recommended.Published on May 21, 2010 by Wendy Hellum