Beyond the Big Bang: Quantum Cosmologies and God

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Open Court Publishing, 1990 - Religion - 323 pages
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Physicist and theologian Willem Drees reviews and criticizes the religious responses to the Big Bang, showing that attempts by theologians to appropriate this scientific theory neglect many difficulties. He examines the various quantum cosmologies in relation to the Beginning, the anthropic principles, the search for "complete" theories, and conceptions of contingency and necessity.

Beyond the Big Bang gives a reliable and easily understood account of modern physical theories of the nature of the universe and contemporary developments in theology.

 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
PART
15
QUANTUM COSMOLOGIES AND THE
41
S COSMOLOGY WITH OR WITHOUT GOD
77
PART
113
THEIR
155
GOD
189
A Brief Sketch of the Big Bang Theory
211
Hawkings Cosmology
233
Trajectories as Whole Histories
240
The Future of Matter and Energy
246
Biblical Creation Narratives
254
Other Bible Texts on Cosmogony
261
NOTES
269
BIBLIOGRAPHY
291
INDEX
317

The Steady State Theory
220
The Asymmetry of the Second Law
226

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About the author (1990)

Drees is the Nicolette Bruining Professor of Nature and of Technology at the University of Twente, The Netherlands.

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