Posted: Apr 28, 2019 9:47 pm
by Thommo
I don't know. It's always struck me as a peculiar theological question, in that, if you ask theists like William Lane Craig, it's an absolute given that something came from nothing when God created the universe.

The sticking point in his case is that something cannot come "uncreated" from nothing. And it's not hard to see how that has become the sticking point for him, since the difference between the theistic and non-theistic accounts of a universe with a beginning is not "something arising from nothing" vs. "something not arising from nothing".

On the other hand, when you think it through we have no more examples of something being created from nothing than we do of something simply popping into being from nothing. Perhaps the answer is that there was never nothing. Or perhaps not.

Difficult questions rarely have simple answers.