Contemporary Cosmology and “Creatio ex Nihilo”

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In this paper by Gabriele Gionti, S.J., an astronomer with the Vatican Observatory Research Group, Gionti notes the problem in thinking of God as the “cause” of the Big Bang in the same way that certain versions of deism think of a “demiurge” god.  He notes how there has long been a close relation between cosmology and religion, as the beauty and harmony human beings see looking at the skies invokes the idea of an architect of this harmony.  But he argues that Georges Lemaître was right in stressing a separation between theological and scientific methods.

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