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An eternal universe
Question from Curious George on 1/17/2014:

Aristotle and some others maintained that the universe is eternal. Theists claim that only God is eternal. Can either side really prove their position?

Answer by Richard Geraghty on 1/18/2014:

Dear Curious,

Aquinas teaches that as far as human reason is concerned you can prove that God created the world from nothing. Now such is the nature of the world that is could either have a beginning in time or have no beginning in time. For God could have created it from all eternity. The only way we know that the world had a beginning is because God revealed this truth. Now Aristotle took for granted that the world was eternal. He also held that the gods had been eternally shaping it. Aquinas differs with him but just on the basis of faith. We hold that the world had a beginning because we accept the word of God.

Dr. Geraghty

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