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He started it!

For thousands of years people have grappled with the idea of an infinite past and whether there was an absolute beginning.  Ancient Greek philosophers believed that matter was necessary and uncreated and therefore eternal.  God may be responsible for introducing order into the cosmos, but he did not create the universe itself.  Hebrew writers however believed that the universe was created by God at some point in the finite past. 

 "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth." (Genesis 1:1)
The differences between these two points of view were debated among Jews, Muslims and Christians, with a mixture of approaches.  The debate reached some sort of conclusion when Immanuel Kant arrived at the conclusion that both points of view were more or less valid.  But there was a great argument that showed that not only had the universe started but that it was indeed created by God.  It was developed by a Muslim philosopher, Al Ghazali in Persia in the 12th century.  He was an…