Course Overview

The doctrine of creation out of nothing, or creatio ex nihilo, is the teaching that God made the universe of his own free choice out of absolute nothingness. Being able to defend this truth will help you engage several different kinds of people who are critical of the Catholic faith.
Course Overview

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This compact course contains 18 short, easy-to-watch video segments, so you can study at your own pace.

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Skills covered in this course:

Trent Horn will give you the knowledge and confidence you need to defend this important doctrine. Here's some of what you'll learn:

  • How to make the case for a divine creator

  • Why creation from nothing is necessary for understanding God

  • Biblical evidence for creation from nothing

  • How to answer Atheist arguments against a First Cause

  • Evidence for design in “fine-tuning”

  • Multiverses and “creation from nothing”

Meet Your Instructor

  • Trent Horn

    Instructor

    Trent Horn

    After his conversion to the Catholic faith, Trent Horn earned master’s degrees in the fields of theology, philosophy, and bioethics. He serves as a staff apologist for Catholic Answers, where he specializes in teaching Catholics to graciously and persuasively engage those who disagree with them.

Course curriculum

  • 1
    Creation Out of Nothing?
    • Download the Study Guide
    • Lesson 1: Introduction to Creation Out of Nothing FREE PREVIEW
    • Quiz: Introduction to Creation Out of Nothing FREE PREVIEW
    • Lesson 2: Philosophical Evidence for Creation Out of Nothing
    • Quiz: Philosophical Evidence for Creation Out of Nothing
    • Lesson 3: Defending the Causal Principle
    • Quiz: Defending the Causal Principle
    • Lesson 4: Objections to the Causal Principle
    • Quiz: Objections to the Causal Principle
    • Lesson 5: Quantum Physics and Causation
    • Quiz: Quantum Physics and Causation
    • Lesson 6: Scientific Evidence for a Finite Past I
    • Quiz: Scientific Evidence for a Finite Past I
    • Lesson 7: Scientific Evidence for a Finite Past II
    • Quiz: Scientific Evidence for a Finite Past II
    • Lesson 8: Philosophical Evidence for a Finite Past
    • Quiz: Philosophical Evidence for a Finite Past
    • Lesson 9: Objections to the Philosophical Evidence
    • Quiz: Objections to the Philosophical Evidence
    • Lesson 10: The Kalam Argument and the Nature of Time
    • Quiz: The Kalam Argument and the Nature of Time
    • Lesson 11: Is God the Cause of the Universe?
    • Quiz: Is God the Cause of the Universe?
    • Lesson 12: Issues Related to Divine Causation
    • Quiz: Issues Related to Divine Causation
    • Lesson 13: Evidence for Design
    • Quiz: Evidence for Design
    • Lesson 14: The Fine-Tuning Argument
    • Quiz: The Fine-tuning Argument
    • Lesson 15: What About the Multiverse?
    • Quiz: What About the Multiverse?
    • Lesson 16: New Testament Evidence for Creation Out of Nothing
    • Quiz: New Testament Evidence for Creation Out of Nothing
    • Lesson 17: Old Testament Evidence for Creation Out of Nothing
    • Quiz: Old Testament Evidence for Creation Out of Nothing
    • Lesson 18: Patristic Evidence for Creation Out of Nothing
    • Quiz: Patristic Evidence for Creation Out of Nothing
  • 2
    Next Steps
    • List of Recommended Reading

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