RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 056404958 LA English T1 Maimonides on the origin of the world A1 Seeskin, Kenneth,, PB Cambridge University Press PP Cambridge; New York YR 2005 SN 052184553X 9780521845533 AB "Although Maimonides' discussion of creation is one of his greatest contributions - he himself claimed that belief in creation is second in importance only to belief in God - there is still considerable debate on what that contribution was. Kenneth Seeskin takes a close look at the problems Maimonides faced and the sources from which he drew. He argues that Maimonides meant exactly what he said: the world was created be a free act of God so the existence of everything other than God is contingent. In religious terms, existence is a gift. To reach this conclusion, Seeskin examines Maimonides' view of God, miracles, the limits of human knowledge, and the claims of astronomy to be a science. Clearly written and closely argued, Maimonides on the Origin of the World takes up questions of perennial interest."--BOOK JACKET.