This is one of the reasons why Craig concludes that God is in time. God became temporal at creation. God's act of creation constituted the boundary of time. As Craig writes, “God’s act of creating the world may be taken to be simultaneous with the world’s coming into being. The first event is the event of creation, the moment at which the temporal phase of God’s life begins.”
As for whether the universe requires a cause since there is no time before its beginning, the answer is yes. There are two ways in which something may be causally prior to an event: temporally, logically. For example, if there was a bowling ball resting on a pillow for eternity, what caused the indentation in the pillow? Clearly it is caused by the ball, and yet there was never a point in time that the ball began to rest on the pillow. It has been there from eternity past. The ball is logically prior to the indention, though not temporally prior to it. In the same way, God is logically prior to creation, though not temporally prior to it.
But if God is immutable and unchanging until he chooses to create, how does he ever get around to deciding to create in the first place? That decision must preceed the creation. Then what comes before that, and before that, and so on? I find WLC's position on this untenable.
Stephen Hawking in particular has addressed a connection between time and the Big Bang. In A Brief History of Time and elsewhere, Hawking says that even if time did not begin with the Big Bang and there were another time frame before the Big Bang, no information from events then would be accessible to us, and nothing that happened then would have any effect upon the present time-frame. Upon occasion, Hawking has stated that time actually began with the Big Bang, and that questions about what happened before the Big Bang are meaningless. This less-nuanced, but commonly repeated formulation has received criticisms from philosophers such as Aristotelian philosopher Mortimer J. Adler. Scientists have come to some agreement on descriptions of events that happened 10?35 seconds after the Big Bang, but generally agree that descriptions about what happened before one Planck time (5 × 10?44 seconds) after the Big Bang will likely remain pure speculation.
tcampen wrote: But if God is immutable and unchanging until he chooses to create, how does he ever get around to deciding to create in the first place? That decision must preceed the creation. Then what comes before that, and before that, and so on? I find WLC's position on this untenable.
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