Existence and Nature of God
Defenses of various arguments for God's existence along with reflections on some of His attributes.
The biblical doctrine of temporal creation ex nihilo has received strong scientific confirmation from post-relativistic physics. Two lines of evidence point to an absolute beginning of the universe: the expansion of the universe and the thermodynamics of the universe. In each case attempts to maintain a past-eternal universe have become increasingly difficult to defend.
Given the beginning of the universe, the question arises as to how the universe could have come into being. Attempts by some physicists to maintain that physics can explain the origin of the universe from nothing either trade on an equivocal use of the term “nothing” or else are guilty of philosophical faux pas. Supernatural creation ex nihilo is the better explanation.
“The Resurrection of Theism.” The City (Winter, 2015), pp. 80-89. [HBU] https://www.hbu.edu/news-and-events/2016/01/15/the-resurrection-of-theism/
Neither realism nor anti-realism about mathematical objects has much to contribute to the question of the applicability of mathematics to the physical world. Theism provides the best answer to this question.
“God and the ‘Unreasonable Effectiveness of Mathematics’,” Christian Research Journal 36 (2013): 31-35.
In the award-winning film, "The Theory of Everything" a young Stephen Hawking introduces himself to his wife-to-be Jane as a student of cosmology. When she asks what that is, he replies, "It's a kind of religion for intelligent atheists." In this article Dr. Craig examines critically that claim as it unfolds in the movie.
What is the best foundation for the existence of objective moral values and duties? What grounds them? What makes certain actions good or evil, right or wrong? If God does not exist, what foundation remains for objective moral values and duties? Can science answer questions of morality? New Atheist Sam Harris thinks so.
Originally published in the fall 2012 issue of Enrichment.
Rebecca Goldstein's novel presents and refutes three dozen "arguments" for God's existence. The arguments, however, are straw men of her own construction, bearing only passing resemblance to the classical arguments. Moreover, at least in the case of the cosmological argument, the straw man appears to be winning! Her criticisms are easily defeated, making her critique a nice exercise for beginners in apologetics.
“36 Arguments for the Existence of God: Goldstein on the Cosmological Argument.” Christian Research Journal 34/01 (2010), pp. 52-53.
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Dr. Craig's cover story for Christianity Today, in which he describes the renaissance of arguments for God's existence among contemporary philosophers. He closes with some provocative comments on the arguments' relevance, exploding the myth that we live in a post-modern culture.
Christianity Today. July, 2008, pp. 22-27. Used by permission.
Does God exist? This is one of the most important questions a person can consider. Your belief in the existence of God has enormous implications on your views of life, humanity, morality, and destiny. In this article, Dr. Craig offers three reasons why life would be meaningless without God and then presents five strong arguments for the existence of God, demonstrating the reasonableness of believing that God exists.
Explores whether God is timeless or everlasting throughout infinite time.