5. Theology Beyond The World

  1. John R. Shook

Published Online: 6 JUN 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444328042.ch5

The God Debates

The God Debates

How to Cite

Shook, J. R. (2010) Theology Beyond The World, in The God Debates, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444328042.ch5

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 6 JUN 2011
  2. Published Print: 27 OCT 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444336412

Online ISBN: 9781444328042



  • Theology Beyond The World;
  • scientific field of cosmology - understanding the cosmos using the scientific method;
  • existence of nature argument for god - into a problem, supernatural being the solution;
  • theologians, and three reasons - nature, and why it is contingent and not necessary;
  • cosmology, like all science, powered by curiosity - in finding explanations;
  • naturalism and scientific cosmology - preventing, existence of nature argument, and conclusions about god;
  • fine-tuning argument for god - and argument from design, by natural theology;
  • cosmological understanding of the big bang, in its infancy - universe and its laws, speculative and revisable;
  • problem of evil for Christian theology - examples of general problems;
  • argument from pseudo-cosmology - understanding anything about the universe


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • The Existence of Nature Argument for God

  • The Fine-tuning Argument for God

  • Why Would God Create?

  • The Problem of Evil

  • The Argument from Pseudo-cosmology