February 22, 2012

Can St. Aquinas Make Sense of the Big Bang?

William Carroll, BioLogos Forum


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Developments in cosmology are often used to argue that contemporary science has eliminated the need to appeal to a creator to explain the origin and development of the universe. Recent books by Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow [The Grand Design (2010)] and Lawrence Krauss [A Universe From Nothing. Why There is Something Rather Than Nothing (2012)] illustrate well the theme that the origin of the universe, indeed the very ancient philosophical question of why there is something rather than nothing, now falls within the explanatory grasp of cosmology and quantum physics. Hawking and Mlodinow deny the intelligibility of a "beginning" to the universe, since time itself has emerged in the very early universe

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TAGGED: Theology, Philosophy, Science And Religion, Origins, Universe, Cosmology, Big Bang, Thomas Aquinas

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