Reflections On “Uncaused Beginnings”

Faith and Philosophy 27 (1):72-78 (2010)
Abstract
Graham Oppy’s interesting analysis of the “causal shape” of reality conflates causal ordering with temporal ordering of causes and assigns the wrong causal shape to reality as conceived by many classical theists. His argument for the possibility of uncaused beginnings is also hobbled by his tendency to ignore the crucial issue of the objective reality of tense and temporal becoming. Oppy’s claims that only certain types of things can come into being uncaused at a first moment of time and that things cannot now come into being uncaused are examined and found implausible and explanatorily vacuous
Keywords Contemporary Philosophy  Philosophy and Religion
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DOI 10.5840/faithphil20102715
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