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God and Cosmos

A Christian View of Time, Space, and the Universe

God and Cosmos
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Weight 0.7 lbs
Dimensions 8.5 x 5.4 x 0.8 in
topic

Apologetics, Worldview

Format

Book

isbn

9780851518008

Original Pub Date

2001

Banner Pub Date

Apr 20, 2001

binding

Paperback

page-count

256

Book Description

In his book A Brief History of Time, the famous Cambridge cosmologist Stephen Hawking held out the prospect of a complete theory of the universe by means of which we would know ‘why it is that we and the universe exist…then we would know the mind of God.’ Christian mathematician John Byl disagrees: ‘Hawking overestimates the value of a Theory-of-Everything, while underestimating the content of God’s mind.’ We already have in Scripture a source of knowledge superior to all other sources and already know ‘the mind of God’. so far as He has been pleased to reveal it to us. On this basis, Byl questions much of modern cosmology, including the Big-Bang theory of origins. He deals with the limitations of human knowledge, biblical teaching relevant to cosmology, the quest for extra-terrestrial intelligence, the existence of the spiritual realm, heaven, angels, life after death, and much else. Byl’s approach is a refreshing counter to the dreary and ultimately meaningless outlook of modern cosmology.

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  Preface xi
1 THE BASIC QUESTIONS  
  Reconciling Cosmology and the Bible 2
  Evaluating Cosmological Models 2
  The Role of Religious Commitments 5
  Epistemology and Revelation 6
  Interpreting the Bible 9
  The Scope of Biblical Authority 11
  Preview 13
2 A BRIEF HISTORICAL SKETCH  
  Ancient Cosmology 15
  Origins of Greek Cosmology 16
  Classic Cosmology 17
  Saving the Phenomena 19
  Medieval Cosmology 22
  The Perfect Harmony 22
  The Demise of Medieval Cosmology 26
  Galileo versus the Church 27
  Theological Consequences 32
  Pre-Modern Cosmology 35
  Newtonian Cosmology 35
  The Dynamic Universe 38
  Heat Death 39
3 MODERN COSMOLOGY  
  A Brief History of the Big Bang 42
  Explaining the Observations 48
  1. Red Shifts 49
  2. Abundances of Elements 53
  3. The Cosmic Microwave Background 55
  Further Big Bang Problems 59
  1. Inflation 61
  2. Galaxy Formation 62
  3. Missing Mass 63
  4. Acceleration 64
  5. More Puzzles 65
  Basic Cosmological Assumptions 66
  The Problem of Verification 71
4 COSMOLOGY AND GOD’S EXISTENCE  
  The Cosmological Argument 77
  Philosophical Arguments 78
  The Big-Bang Singularity 82
  The Second Law of Thermodynamics 92
  The Argument from Design 96
  Alternatives to Design 99
  Design and Evolution 108
  Conclusions 108
5 COSMOLOGY, LIFE AND THE FUTURE  
  Life in the Universe 113
  A Brief History of ETI 114
  The Scientific Case for ETI 115
  Motivation for Belief in ETI 119
  Theological Considerations 120
  The Future of Life in the Universe 125
  Future Life in a Closed Universe 127
  Future Life in an Open Universe 128
  Future Life in a Plasma Cosmology 130
6 THE STRANGE GODS OF MODERN COSMOLOGY  
  The Evolving God of Natural Theology 133
  Natural Evolving Gods 134
  Self-Caused Gods 139
  An Evolving God and Christianity 144
  1. The God of Teilhard de Chardin 144
  2. The God of Process Theology 146
  Life After Death 149
7 THE BIBLE ON COSMOLOGY  
  The Being and Nature of God 153
  The Doctrine of Creation 156
  The History of the Universe  
  Creation Events 159
  The Fall and Its Consequences 163
  Eschatology 164
  The Date of Creation 165
  The Spiritual Realm 167
  Further Cosmological Questions  
  The Stars as Signs 172
  The Size of the Universe 178
  An Expanded Universe? 179
  The Biblical Frame of Reference 180
  The Big Bang and the Bible 181
8 BIBLICAL COSMOLOGIES  
  Young Universes  
  1. A Variable Speed of Light 189
  2. Time Dilation 192
  3. Curved-Space Models 193
  4. Mature Creation 194
  Geometric Models 202
  Limits of Biblical Cosmology 209
9 CONCLUSIONS  
  Summary 215
  Final Concluding Remarks 221
  Bibliography 226
  Index of Names and Subjects 238
  FIGURES  
2.1 The Geocentric Universe according to Peter Apian 18
2.2 Epicyclic Theory 21
2.3 The Medieval View of the Universe 23
2.4 Dante’s Conception of the Universe 25
2.5 The Heliocentric Universe according to Copernicus 28
2.6 The System of Tycho Brahe 30
2.7 The Heliocentric Universe of Thomas Digges 36
3.1 Distribution of Matter in the Universe 43
3.2 Comparison of Space Geometries 45
3.3 Distribution of Nearby Galaxies 57
3.4 Size of the Universe versus Time 60
7.1 Constellations of the Northern Sky 176
7.2 Constellations of the Southern Sky 177
8.1 The Effect of Curved Space on Apparent Distances 195
8.2 The Inverted Universe 205

 

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