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Religions generally try to deal with the ‘what before that’ problem by claiming that an ‘infinite’ and ‘eternal’ god is the creator of the universe. There are several difficulties with this approach but a fatal one is that although the words ‘infinite’ and ‘eternal’ have their poetic uses they are inadmissible in the rigorous context of a theory of the universe.

Obviously it is impossible to perceive infinity because if it becomes containable it is not infinity. It is also impossible to imagine eternity, for the same reason. Words which cannot ultimately be ‘cashed’, either in reality or in the imagination, can have no meaning.

Happily, there are other words which work well. ‘Indefinite’ describes a state of affairs where we are unable or unwilling to set precise limits, and ‘timeless’ covers very adequately for ‘eternal’.



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