On The Possibility of a Christian Cosmology

John C. Caiazza, PhD
Senior Lecturer in Philosophy, Rivier University, NH, USA

Series: World Philosophy
BISAC: PHI022000



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In a newly discovered universe of black holes, gravity waves, quantum bi-location, the big bang, and a practical infinity of stars, galaxies and planets, how does Christian dogma fit in, if at all? In fact, this new book, “On the Possibility of a Christian Cosmology,” argues that there exists the real possibility of applying a Christian view of the created universe taken from the Bible and tradition to the well-established theories and discoveries of recent scientific cosmology. To name just one aspect shared by both, modern scientific cosmological description begins with a “big bang,” the arrival of time and space in an instant, and projects an endpoint in the future thus describing a long, but limited, lifespan to the universe as a whole. Christian doctrine also projects a timeline in which the universe as in Genesis is created at a definite point in time (in fact at the beginning of time), but will at the Second Coming not be destroyed, but rather will reach a cumulative climax, i.e. an endpoint of revelation and ultimate glory.

In between the different accounts of beginnings and the endpoints, are two different accounts of history. On the one hand, the physical development of the stars, galaxies and elements, the formation of the earth, the origin of life (still a scientific mystery), evolution, the arrival of the human species, scientific knowledge, and technological application. On the other, Creation, the fall of man, the coming of Christ as the Second Person of the Trinity, and the Second Coming at which the universe will be “rolled up like a scroll,” and the elements burned away. (St. Peter) Can these two seemingly contradictory accounts of human and cosmic history be made to accommodate each other? “On the Possibility of a Christian Cosmology” answers “Yes” to this question, hopefully paving the way to further discussion.
(Imprint: Nova)


Chapter 1. Introduction

Chapter 2. Five Models of the Relationship between Faith and Reason

Chapter 3. Dante’s Cosmology

Chapter 4. On Reduction

Chapter 5. Materials

Chapter 6. Three Examples of Postmodern Christian Cosmology

Chapter 7. One God, the Adorable Hypothesis

Chapter 8. Christ as Alpha and Omega of Cosmic History

Chapter 9. The God/Man Christ and the Philosophy of Science

Chapter 10. God’s Causality and the Cross

Chapter 11. Cosmological value of Human Life

Chapter 12. Martian Reflections: Life and Intelligence on Other Worlds

Chapter 13. Strategizing the Multiverse

Chapter 14. The Physics of Avoidance

Chapter 15. Answers to Objections

Chapter 16. Ethical Emanations

Chapter 17. Experiencing the Universe in a Christian Cosmology

Chapter 18. Conclusion: Many Possible Models

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