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Theism and Physical Cosmology

Halvorson, Hans and Kragh, Helge (2010) Theism and Physical Cosmology. [Preprint]

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    Abstract

    Physical cosmology purports to establish precise and testable claims about the origin of the universe. Thus, cosmology bears directly on traditional metaphysical claims -- in particular, claims about whether the universe has a creator (i.e. God). What is the upshot of cosmology for the claims of theism? Does big-bang cosmology support theism? Do recent developments in quantum and string cosmology undermine theism? We discuss the relations between physical cosmology to theism from both historical and systematic points of view.


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    Item Type: Preprint
    Keywords: general relativity, cosmology, spacetime, philosophy of religion, God, quantum gravity, string theory, singularity, big bang
    Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Cosmology
    General Issues > Science and Religion
    Depositing User: Hans Halvorson
    Date Deposited: 01 Jan 2011 11:35
    Last Modified: 01 Jan 2011 11:35
    Item ID: 8441
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/8441

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