Beyond the Big Bang
Quantum Cosmologies and God
theologian Willem Drees reviews and criticizes the religious
responses to the Big Bang, showing that attempts by theologians
to appropriate this scientific theory neglect many difficulties.
He examines the various quantum cosmologies in relation to the
Beginning, the anthropic principles, the search for "complete"
theories, and conceptions of contingency and necessity.
Beyond the Big
gives a reliable and easily understood account of modern
physical theories of the nature of the universe and contemporary
developments in theology.
"Although the book
does not demand a familiarity with the contemporary scientific
jargon, it is clearly directed toward those who are familiar
with recent discussions in the area where science, theology, and
philosophy interact. An admirable and useful reference to guide
you through a set of difficult but important concepts. A fine
addition to the intellectual scene."
written and thoroughly structured . . . should be read by
theologians, especially by those wishing to become informed of
the recent developments in theoretical physics and cosmology. It
should also be read by physicists, who may well come to the
conclusion that, to a considerable extent, theology is a
—Yuri V. Balashov
American Journal of Physics