Theism and Physical Cosmology

Publication Year:
2010
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http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/8441
Author(s):
Halvorson, Hans; Kragh, Helge
preprint description
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.