16. Modern Cosmology and Christian Theology

  1. J. B. Stump2 and
  2. Alan G. Padgett3
  1. Stephen M. Barr

Published Online: 19 MAR 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118241455.ch16

The Blackwell Companion to Science and Christianity

The Blackwell Companion to Science and Christianity

How to Cite

Barr, S. M. (2012) Modern Cosmology and Christian Theology, in The Blackwell Companion to Science and Christianity (eds J. B. Stump and A. G. Padgett), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118241455.ch16

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Bethel College, Indiana, USA

  2. 3

    Luther Seminary in Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA

Author Information

  1. University of Delaware, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 19 MAR 2012
  2. Published Print: 20 APR 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444335712

Online ISBN: 9781118241455



  • Genesis, and a beginning and creation;
  • modern cosmology and Christian theology;
  • causes, always preceding effects in time;
  • St Augustine, of God being outside of time;
  • time and space if created, spatio-temporal, not pertaining to God;
  • the Big Bang theory, scientific vindication of Jewish, Christian ideas;
  • science, and explanation of a beginning for the universe;
  • Jewish and Christian revelation, temporal, God's free creative decision;
  • “creation” of the universe, from ideas of a temporal beginning


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • The Beginning and Creation

  • Attitudes about a Beginning and the Big Bang Theory

  • Was the Big Bang Indeed the Beginning?

  • Can Science Explain the Beginning?

  • References

  • Further Reading