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First things first! The Bible begins with God's creation of the world, and that beginning is an important foundation for how we understand our entire faith. What we believe about how God created the world can have important implications for many other parts of our Christian belief. In Creation Out of Nothing: A Biblical, Philosophical, and Scientific Exploration, Paul Copan and William Lane Craig offer a comprehensive exploration of the doctrine of creatio ex nihilo - creation out of nothing.
In this interdisciplinary book, Copan and Craig examines the fundamental question of "How did it all begin?" from biblical, historical, philosophical, and scientific perspectives. Beginning with a clear definition of what is meant and what is not meant by creatio ex nihilo, the authors then examines biblical evidence from the Old and New Testament as well as extrabiblical sources of the same era. They consider the philosophical issues at stake, and finally examine and discuss the scientific evidence. Creation Out of Nothing is an example of the best and most up-to-date evangelical Christian scholarship on the biblical doctrine of creation, and it shows why the doctrine is essential to believing Christians.
While questions about creation may not arise in every theological discussion, it is an important issue nonetheless, with far-reaching implications. Craig and Copan discuss these complex issues in clear, easy-to-comprehend language, suitable for both teenagers and adults.
Paul Copan (PhD, Marquette University) is the Pledger Family Chair of Philosophy and Ethics at Palm Beach Atlantic University in Florida. He lives with his wife and five children in Florida.
William Lane Craig (Ph.D., University of Birmingham; D.Theol., University of Munich) is research professor of philosophy at Talbot School of Theology and author or editor of several other books, including Philosophical Foundations for a Christian Worldview.