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EPS at AAR/SBL: God and Ultimate Origins

December 2, 2020
Virtual Meeting via AAR/SBL Registration

11:00 - 1:00 pm (EST)

Author Meets Critics: God and Ultimate Origins: A Novel Cosmological Argument, by Andrew Ter Ern Loke

The Kalām Cosmological Argument (KCA) is an a posteriori argument which starts from the observation of the cosmos and deduces that it has a Creator. Proponents of the KCA have traditionally defended two philosophical arguments for the beginning of the universe: (i) the argument for the impossibility of concrete actual infinities; and (ii) the argument for the impossibility of traversing an actual infinite. Andrew Loke's God and Ultimate Origins presents original defenses of these arguments and puts forward a new philosophical argument which utilizes certain insights from the Thomist tradition. In addition, the book develops a new argument for the Causal Principle that everything that begins to exist has a cause. Finally, the book interacts with contemporary cosmology, addresses epistemological issues related to the Cosmological Argument which have been relatively neglected by recent publications, and demonstrates the continuing relevance and significance of philosophy for answering ultimate questions.


  • William Lane Craig, Talbot School of Theology and Houston Baptist University


  • Mark Harris, University of Edinburgh
  • Douglas Hedley, University of Cambridge
  • Michael Almeida, University of Texas
  • Timothy Maness, Boston University

Respondent: Andrew Loke, Hong Kong Baptist University

Important Registration Information: This session is part of a series of other virtual EPS sessions happening in light of the 2020 AAR/SBL conference. All presenters/panelists and attendees must register via the AAR website. You do not have to be a member of AAR/SBL in order to register.

  • Current EPS members can directly register at the discounted affiliate rate ($225 compared to AAR/SBL’s non-member rate of $385). At the linked page, click "New Registration" and proceed with the prompts (to sign-up/renew EPS Membership, please click here).
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Type of event: EPS at the American Academy of Religion/Society of Biblical Literature

Christ-Shaped Philosophy Project Philosophy of Theological Anthropology