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Forum Philosophicum

Volume 14, Issue 1, Spring 2009

Paul Douglas Kabay
Pages 119-131
DOI: 10.5840/forphil200914125

Did God Begin to Exist ex nihilo?

I argue that the following two claims provide us with sufficiently strong reason to conclude that God came into existence from nothing a finite time in the past: (1) that God is omnitemporal; and (2) that there is a first moment of time. After defending the possibility of God beginning to exist ex nihilo from various objections, I critique two alternative attempts at providing an account of the relationship between an omnitemporal God and the beginning of time (that of Alan Padgett and William Lane Craig). I show that these either fail to be an alternative to my own model or are less supported by the relevant evidence.