Did God Create the Universe from Nothing?

Did God Create the Universe from Nothing? September 11, 2016

That is the working title for my upcoming book on the Kalam Cosmological Argument. I presently have two endorsements, and the foreword, written by Jeffrey Jay Lowder (who also writes at Patheos at the Secular Outpost). The book has contributions by mathematician James East (with whom I used to write at the Skeptic Ink Network) and Counter Apologist (so sad people are unable to write about atheism without resorting to pseudonyms!), who has some excellent posts and videos on the subject.

I am really excited about the book because I think it is great, and does the job of properly criticising the argument in an easy-to-read, yet thorough manner. It’s not a tome – heck, the syllogism is only 3 lines – so it is not a heavy read.

I hope to have further endorsements from Justin Schieber, John Danaher and perhaps Stephen Law.


 The world is changing. Theism has lost its legs and has nothing upon which to stand, but the (failed) arguments in favor of the existence are still out there spurring and maintaining confusion. A needed remedy can be found in easily accessible, easily digestible rebuttals to the more popular apologetic arguments, and to this purpose, Pearce has again delivered, treating the important topic, the notorious (and bad) Kalam Cosmological Argument, in a concise and erudite way.

James A. Lindsay, Ph.D., Author of Dot, Dot Dot: Infinity Plus God Equals Folly and Everybody Is Wrong About God

The Kalam argument enjoys much respect that it doesn’t deserve, and Did God Create a Universe from Nothing? gives the unsparing rebuttal that it does deserve. Pearce is a capable and confident Virgil, guiding us through the philosophical and scientific fine points of the response. If you’ve read enough about Kalam to be intrigued and want the thorough takedown, this book is for you.

Bob Seidensticker, author of Cross Examined: An Unconventional Spiritual Journey and the “Cross Examined” blog at Patheos.com

I’ll keep you posted on its progress.

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