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The Resource God and ultimate origins : a novel cosmological argument, Andrew Ter Ern Loke

God and ultimate origins : a novel cosmological argument, Andrew Ter Ern Loke

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God and ultimate origins : a novel cosmological argument
Title
God and ultimate origins
Title remainder
a novel cosmological argument
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Andrew Ter Ern Loke
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Language
eng
Summary
This book develops a novel argument which combines the Kalam with the Thomistic Cosmological Argument. It approaches an ongoing dispute concerning whether there is a First Cause of time from a radically new point of view, namely by demonstrating that there is such a First Cause without requiring the controversial arguments against concrete infinities and against traversing an actual infinite (although the book presents original defenses of these arguments as well). This book also develops a novel philosophical argument for the Causal Principle, namely that 'everything that begins to exist has a cause', and offers a detailed discussion on whether a First Cause of time can be avoided by a causal loop. It also addresses epistemological issues related to the Cosmological Argument which have been relatively neglected by recent publications, and demonstrates (contra Hawking et al) the continual relevance and significance of philosophy for answering ultimate questions
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Loke, Andrew Ter Ern,
Dewey number
212.1
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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Palgrave frontiers in philosophy of religion
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God
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God and ultimate origins : a novel cosmological argument, Andrew Ter Ern Loke
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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multicolored
Contents
  • Preface; Contents; List of Figures; 1 The Question of Ultimate Origins; 1.1 The Importance of the Question; 1.2 Is Science the Only or the Best Way to Discover the Answer?; 1.3 Are All Possible Answers Necessarily Relative and Speculative?; 1.4 Can Science and Philosophy Complement Each Other in the Quest for an Answer?; 1.5 Would the Acceptance of a Divine Cause Be a Science-Stopper?; 1.6 Would the Acceptance of a Divine Cause Be Based on Ignorance?; 1.7 Conclusions of This Chapter and an Overview of Subsequent Chapters; References
  • 2 Is the Number of Prior Causes and Durations Infinite? An Assessment of the Current Literature2.1 Introduction; 2.2 The Origin of Our Universe: Big Bang Cosmology; 2.3 Does Big Bang Cosmology Disconfirm Theism?; 2.4 A List of Proposed Cosmological Models for Explaining the Big Bang; 2.5 The Idea of Infinite Regress; 2.6 Craig's First Argument Against an Actual Infinite Temporal Regress: The Impossibility of Concrete Actual Infinities; 2.7 Craig's Second Argument Against an Actual Infinite Temporal Regress: The Impossibility of Traversing an Actual Infinite; 2.8 Conclusion; References
  • 3 Formulating a New Cosmological Argument3.1 The Distinctions Between Leibnizian, Thomist and Kalam Cosmological Arguments; 3.2 Clarifications of Key Terms: Time, Change, Event, and Cause; 3.3 The New Cosmological Argument; 3.4 Defending the Key Thomistic Premise in the New Argument; 3.5 Comparison with Thomist and Leibnizian Cosmological Arguments; 3.6 Conclusion; References; 4 Is There a Causal Loop Which Avoids a First Cause?; 4.1 Introduction; 4.2 No Adequate Reason for Thinking that Such a Causal Loop Exists; 4.3 Against Such a Causal Loop: Bootstrap Paradoxes; 4.4 Conclusion; References
  • 5 Did the Initial State of Reality Begin to Exist Uncaused?5.1 Introduction; 5.2 Quantum Physics and Causation; 5.3 Philosophical Doubts Concerning the Causal Principle; 5.4 Arguments for Causal Principle; 5.4.1 Empirical Evidence; 5.4.2 The Concept of Non-being; 5.4.3 Why Do Other States of Affairs Not Begin to Exist Uncaused?; 5.5 Conclusion; References; 6 What is the Nature of the First Cause?; 6.1 Uncaused, Beginningless and Timeless; 6.2 A Timeless First Cause Cosmological Model: Hartle-Hawking Model; 6.3 Criticisms of Hawking; 6.4 Reflection on Criticisms
  • 6.5 Deeper Conceptual Problem with Hawking's Model6.6 Is the First Cause a Person?; 6.7 The Ultimate Source of the Universe; References; 7 The Conclusion of Our Quest; References; Author Index; Subject Index
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Label
God and ultimate origins : a novel cosmological argument, Andrew Ter Ern Loke
Publication
Copyright
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Color
multicolored
Contents
  • Preface; Contents; List of Figures; 1 The Question of Ultimate Origins; 1.1 The Importance of the Question; 1.2 Is Science the Only or the Best Way to Discover the Answer?; 1.3 Are All Possible Answers Necessarily Relative and Speculative?; 1.4 Can Science and Philosophy Complement Each Other in the Quest for an Answer?; 1.5 Would the Acceptance of a Divine Cause Be a Science-Stopper?; 1.6 Would the Acceptance of a Divine Cause Be Based on Ignorance?; 1.7 Conclusions of This Chapter and an Overview of Subsequent Chapters; References
  • 2 Is the Number of Prior Causes and Durations Infinite? An Assessment of the Current Literature2.1 Introduction; 2.2 The Origin of Our Universe: Big Bang Cosmology; 2.3 Does Big Bang Cosmology Disconfirm Theism?; 2.4 A List of Proposed Cosmological Models for Explaining the Big Bang; 2.5 The Idea of Infinite Regress; 2.6 Craig's First Argument Against an Actual Infinite Temporal Regress: The Impossibility of Concrete Actual Infinities; 2.7 Craig's Second Argument Against an Actual Infinite Temporal Regress: The Impossibility of Traversing an Actual Infinite; 2.8 Conclusion; References
  • 3 Formulating a New Cosmological Argument3.1 The Distinctions Between Leibnizian, Thomist and Kalam Cosmological Arguments; 3.2 Clarifications of Key Terms: Time, Change, Event, and Cause; 3.3 The New Cosmological Argument; 3.4 Defending the Key Thomistic Premise in the New Argument; 3.5 Comparison with Thomist and Leibnizian Cosmological Arguments; 3.6 Conclusion; References; 4 Is There a Causal Loop Which Avoids a First Cause?; 4.1 Introduction; 4.2 No Adequate Reason for Thinking that Such a Causal Loop Exists; 4.3 Against Such a Causal Loop: Bootstrap Paradoxes; 4.4 Conclusion; References
  • 5 Did the Initial State of Reality Begin to Exist Uncaused?5.1 Introduction; 5.2 Quantum Physics and Causation; 5.3 Philosophical Doubts Concerning the Causal Principle; 5.4 Arguments for Causal Principle; 5.4.1 Empirical Evidence; 5.4.2 The Concept of Non-being; 5.4.3 Why Do Other States of Affairs Not Begin to Exist Uncaused?; 5.5 Conclusion; References; 6 What is the Nature of the First Cause?; 6.1 Uncaused, Beginningless and Timeless; 6.2 A Timeless First Cause Cosmological Model: Hartle-Hawking Model; 6.3 Criticisms of Hawking; 6.4 Reflection on Criticisms
  • 6.5 Deeper Conceptual Problem with Hawking's Model6.6 Is the First Cause a Person?; 6.7 The Ultimate Source of the Universe; References; 7 The Conclusion of Our Quest; References; Author Index; Subject Index
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9783319575469
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(OCoLC)1004672684

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