New Proofs for the Existence of God Contributions of Contemporary Physics and Philosophy

ISBN-10: 0802863833
ISBN-13: 9780802863836
Edition: 2010
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Book details

List price: $28.00
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Publication date: 7/27/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

Robert J. Spitzer is Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science at SUNY-Cortland.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Contemporary Theistic Scene
Why are These Proofs New? A Brief History of the Five Approaches
The Rest of the Book
Indications of Creation and Supernatural Design in Contemporary Big Bang Cosmology
Introduction to Part One
Indications of Creation in Big Bang Cosmology
Introduction
The Big Bang Theory
Can Science Indicate Creation?
Arguments for a Beginning of the Universe in Big Bang Cosmology
The Second Law of Thermodynamics
Why a Bouncing Universe Cannot Have Been Bouncing Forever
Space-Time Geometry Arguments for a Beginning of Time
Quantum Cosmology
The Borde-Vilenkin-Guth Theorem's Boundary to Past Time
Conclusion
Metaphysical Implications
Indications of Supernatural Design in Contemporary Big Bang Cosmology
Introduction
Universal Constants
Constants of Space and Time
Energy Constants
Individuating Constants
Large-Scale and Fine-Structure Constants
The Extreme Improbability of Our Anthropic Universe
Many Universes or Supernatural Design?
Conclusion to Part One
Inflationary Cosmology and the String Multiverse
Introduction
All Inflationary Cosmologies Must Have a Beginning and a Transcendent Cause
String Cosmologies Entail a Beginning and a Transcendent Cause
A Primer on String Theory
Steinhardt-Turok Cyclic Ekpyrotic Universes Require a Beginning and a Transcendent Cause
Gasperini-Veneziano Pre-Big-Bang Scenarios Require a Beginning and a Transcendent Cause
Deflationary Intermezzo for Strings
A Preliminary Assessment of Inflationary Cosmology
All Inflationary and Non-Inflationary Cosmologies Appear to Require a Beginning and Transcendent Cause
Inflation and Cosmological Fine-Tuning
Fine-Tuning and String Cosmology
Conclusion
Three Philosophical Proofs for the Existence of God
Methodological Presuppositions of Philosophical Proof: Reasonable and Responsible Belief
A Metaphysical Argument for God's Existence
Introduction
Proof of the Existence of at Least one Unconditioned Reality
Complete Disjunction Elucidating the Whole Range of Possibilities for All Reality
Definitions
Consequences of the Complete Disjunction
Proof That "Hypothesis F" Must Be False for Any Conditioned Reality
Proof That "Hypothesis

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