Jul 15, 2024  
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THEO 284 - Cosmology and Theology: God, the Universe, and Everything

3 Credit Hours
How did we get here and where are we going? Cosmology studies the origin, nature, structure, and evolution of the universe in the deepest and broadest sense. This course will survey the cosmological notions of the ancient world, the dominant Christian version of the Middle Ages, the Copernican and Newtonian reformulations, and the major transformations of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, leading to today’s rapidly developing field in the wake of space exploration and the advent of powerful new telescopes. Some questions to be explored: How did the universe begin? How will it end? What is the place of life in cosmic evolution? Are we alone in the universe or is it teeming with life? Can astronomers and physicists believe in God? What does the doctrine of creation actually mean? What are the theological implications of finding intelligent life elsewhere in the universe? Can humanity find a home elsewhere in the galaxy?

This course will satisfy the core area requirement in theology.



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