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There are two principal tenets of biblical cosmology:Footnote1(1) the physical universe had a beginning and (2) the physical universe was created ex nihilo.
It is important to understand that some of these views of biblical cosmology are speculative and have no sound basis for their support.
However there are several essential elements of biblical cosmology that are more philosophical statements than scientific representations of the origin of the universe.
www.xenos.org /essays/cosmos3.htm   (613 words)

  Biblical Cosmology   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The first chapter of Genesis pretty much states the cosmology of the Bible.
Other than demonstrating the greatness of God, as can be seen in the 8th, 19th and 104th Psalms the references to the heavens are rather sparse and generally not theologically significant.
However there is one Biblical reference that Copernicus correctly feared.
ourworld.compuserve.com /homepages/bmoler/biblcosm.htm   (668 words)

  Definition for cosmology
Cosmology, from the Greek: κοσμολογία (cosmologia, κόσμος (cosmos) world + λογια (logia) discourse) is the study of the Universe in its totality, and by extension, humanity's place in it.
Cosmology is often an important aspect of the origin beliefs of religions and mythologies that seek to explain the existence and nature of the reality.
Physical cosmology is the branch of physics and astrophysics that deals with the study of the physical origins of the Universe and the nature of the Universe on its very largest scales.
larrycorrell.brinkster.net /TheologicalDictionary/references.asp?theword=cosmology   (1328 words)

 A young-earth relativistic cosmology
Several biblical texts refer to God stretching out the heavens: these were understood to mean that `God stretched out space itself at some time in the past'.
The question of how a biblically-based cosmology could be constructed was addressed in the second paper.
The implications of the Copernican Principle for modern cosmology are profound.
www.biblicalcreation.org.uk /scientific_issues/bcs051.html   (1226 words)

 What the Bible ACTUALLY Says About the Origin of the Universe
Humphreys’ alignment of this theory with the biblical days of creation is clearly problematic since many of the activities referred to during the six days of creation would have to occur from within the white hole (under incredible gravitational forces).
The fact that scientific cosmology has landed precisely in the same spot as the Bible has indeed been disturbing to most naturalistic scientists and philosophers (most of whom are atheists and have an obvious interest in the issue far beyond the bounds of science).
The present state of scientific cosmology is this: The universe, as we know it, as described by the laws of physics, had a beginning.
www.biblicalreader.com /btr/creation_theories.htm   (10995 words)

 Simple Sensible Cosmology: How our Finite Spherical Observable Universe Exists within Infinite Eternal Space
From these two cosmology theories we can then easily show that a cosmology founded on the Wave Structure of Matter (WSM) in Infinite Eternal Space is the most simple, that it matches observations correctly, and explains and solves the many problems currently caused by the Big Bang creation theory of Cosmology.
WSM cosmology is founded on the most simple solution - describing an infinite eternal space full of matter, but matter only interacts with other matter in a finite spherical region of infinite space, which we call our 'observable universe'.
Finally, the WSM cosmology predicts that motion of distant galaxies will behave as if there is matter all around them, whereas in the big bang cosmology there would only be matter on one side (the inside, as there is no 'outside').
www.spaceandmotion.com /Cosmology.htm   (4823 words)

 Was Bible Cosmology Revised? FAQ
This is illustrated by the revision of the cosmology of the scriptures of the Jews.
The old cosmology was abandoned, with its rigid firmament and planetary spheres, and a true understanding of the laws of the universe was possible.
The corruption of the Bible's cosmology in the hellenistic period is understood from an interpretation of the cryptic language of Daniel's vision described in chapter 8, which indicates that the main revisions in the Bible's cosmology were initiated by Antiochus IV.
vinyl2.sentex.ca /~tcc/FAQ/FAQ_RBC.html   (5517 words)

 The Flat-Earth Bible.
The Biblical cosmology is never explicitly stated, so it must be pieced together from scattered passages.
Biblical statements bearing on cosmology are (with one possible exception yet to be discussed) consistent with the well-known flat-earth cosmologies of the ancient Near East, but they are often flatly contradicted by modern science.
On the other hand, the flat-earth cosmology previously described is historically consistent and requires none of the special pleading apparently necessary to harmonize the Bible with sphericity.
www.lhup.edu /~dsimanek/febible.htm   (4466 words)

 Cor ad cor loquitur
If you would like to discuss biblical cosmology and science in greater detail, I can reorder my original list and that this can be the first topic of discussion we can engage in and hence the first for my article series if you wish.
The key, in my opinion, to biblical cosmology is phenomenological language and the pre-scientific poetic nature of Hebrew literature.
If one doesn't understand that (at least in its general outlines), then they have no hope of getting biblical cosmology (to the extent that it can be said to exist at all as a distinct "field") right.
socrates58.blogspot.com /2006/09/dialogue-on-biblical-cosmology-round.html   (2441 words)

 The John Templeton Oxford Seminars on Science and Christianity
In pursuing research at the boundary between science and religion, the John Templeton Foundation seeks to unite credible and rigorous science with the exploration of humanity's basic spiritual and religious quests.
In particular, the CCCU seeks to address the contemporary suspicion of science among evangelicals by encouraging among its member colleges a rigorous scholarly study of the relationship between science and religion.
Biblical cosmology and Greek cosmology from Late Antiquity to the Early Middle Ages.
www.samford.edu /~twwoolle/OxSumm.htm   (1387 words)

 The Bible and Astronomy
Galileo took one of the first steps leading toward the death of biblical cosmology by mounting a systematic challenge to the biblical notion that the Earth was the center of the universe.
In addition, developments in biblical scholarship, especially in the nineteenth century, undermined the idea of a unified biblical cosmology.
All biblical quotations are from the New Revised Standard Version, National Council of Churches of Christ in the United States of America, (Nashville, Tenn.: Thomas Nelson Publishing, 1989).
www.secularhumanism.org /library/fi/avalos_18_4.html   (2179 words)

 The John Templeton Oxford Seminars on Science and Christianity
In pursuing research at the boundary between science and religion, the John Templeton Foundation seeks to unite credible and rigorous science with the exploration of humanity's basic spiritual and religious quests.
In particular, the CCCU seeks to address the contemporary suspicion of science among evangelicals by encouraging among its member colleges a rigorous scholarly study of the relationship between science and religion.
Biblical cosmology and Greek cosmology from Late Antiquity to the Early Middle Ages.
faculty.samford.edu /~twwoolle/OxSumm.htm   (1387 words)

 PSCF March 1996 Space and Time in the Genesis Cosmogony by Meredith G. Kline
The two-register character of biblical cosmology, relative as it is to man's preglorification status, is not permanent.
Within the two-register cosmology of the creation account with all its replications of upper register realities in the lower register world, all of them reproductions with a difference, there can be no doubt about the figurative nature of the relationship of the Sabbath ordinance to God's upper register creation week.
In this article I have advocated an interpretation of biblical cosmogony according to which Scripture is open to the current scientific view of a very old universe and, in that respect, does not discountenance the theory of the evolutionary origin of man.
www.asa3.org /ASA/PSCF3-96Kline.html   (9773 words)

 Space-Time: Sophia's Foetus
Cosmology fundamentally posits a universe in process, a universe with a beginning and a development of structure and life.
Cosmology recognizes through the Theories of Relativity that this in-process universe requires that neither space nor time be absolute, but part and parcel of the evolving universe.
Biblically, eternity is viewed through the mirror of eternal life and resurrection, i.e., spiritual and bodily life after death or uninterrupted life.
home.att.net /~wislit/scirel/sophia.htm   (9933 words)

 Science and Theology
The biblical picture was that of a three-story universe with the earth in the middle, heaven above, and hell below.
Some conservatives have made a variety of accommodations to science with respect to biblical cosmology, the age of the earth, and even evolution.
In the 19th century and on into the early 20th the prevailing scientific cosmology was materialistic, mechanistic, and materialistic.
www.frontiernet.net /~kenc/science.htm   (3011 words)

 James Meritt's General Anti-Creationism FAQ: The Bible
Addressing the Pontifical Academy of Sciences before its meetings on Cosmology and Cosmogony in October 1981, Pope John Paul II reaffirmed the statement of Pope Pius XII that the universe was created "millions of years ago" directly contrary to creationists views.
The second biblical account of creation (2:4b-24) opens with "When the Lord God made..." and goes through how the entire surface of the earth was watered by a flow that would well up through subterranean springs.
Although biblical myths were influenced by other mythical statements of the ancient world, they are used by the biblical writers to express history's relationship to God.
www.talkorigins.org /faqs/faq-meritt/bible.html   (5648 words)

 The world's top Astronomy websites
Cosmology: the study of the universe as a whole and its evolution.
The existence of our galaxy, the Milky Way, as a separate group of stars was only proven in the 20th century, along with the existence of "external" galaxies, and soon after, the expansion of the universe seen in the recession of most galaxies from us.
Cosmology made huge advances during the 20th century, with the model of the big bang heavily supported by the evidence provided by astronomy and physics, such as the cosmic microwave background radiation, Hubble's Law and cosmological abundances of elements.
www.websbiggest.com /dir-wiki.cfm/Astronomy   (1745 words)

 Cosmology - United India
At first glance the cosmology seems foreign, but a closer look reveals that not only does the cosmology of the Bhagavatam describe the world of our experience, but it also presents a much larger and more complete cosmological picture.
For centuries the cosmology of the Bhagavatam has seemed incomprehensible to most observers, encouraging many people either to summarily reject it or to accept it literally with unquestioning faith.
The cosmology of the Bhagavata Purana is a sophisticated system of thought, with multiple layers of meaning, both physical and metaphysical.
www.unitedindia.com /cosmology.htm   (2569 words)

 Biblical Conception of the Universe
It is only apologetic works which try to defend the Biblical writers as having the same knowledge about the Universe as we do today.
In the Hebrew cosmology, the universe consisted of three parts: the waters above, the earth below, and the waters beneath the earth (cf.
Whatever the apologetic excuses, it is clear that the major commentaries and dictionaries accept that the Biblical writers conceived of a three-tiered universe
sol.sci.uop.edu /~jfalward/ThreeTieredUniverse.htm   (3021 words)

 American Chronicle: Problems With a Biblical Cosmology
Another problem with this cosmology is the statement that the sun, moon and stars were set within this firmament.
It?s not possible to be quite that precise from the Biblical record, but given the genealogies going back to Adam and the ages given for each person, a range can be established and it can be safely said that the Bible allows an age of the world of not much more than 6,000 years.
Either the star is older than 150,000 years, which you would have to concede blows the Biblical timetable, or you must concede that God created a record, in light, of an event that did not actually occur.
www.americanchronicle.com /articles/viewArticle.asp?articleID=6612   (2158 words)

 Creationism - The Fingerprint of God, by Hugh Ross
Kant's model of an infinitely old universe and his denial of the supernatural including God forms the basis for modern cosmology.
A partial list of early biblical scholars who interpreted the creation days of Genesis 1 as longer than 24 hours: Josephus, Irenaeus, Origen, Basil, Augustine, Aquinas.
Some ideas they propose: The "appearance of age" theory (that God created trees with annual rings for years that never existed); the idea that the Bible is the "only" authoritative source of truth (rejection of science).
www.northforest.org /ScienceAndCreationism/rossfingerprint.html   (556 words)

 The Official Graham Hancock Website: Forum
The Bible’s Hidden Cosmology is an enquiry into the links between the bible and ancient cosmology.
By cosmology I mean the way in which biblical writers and their contemporaries viewed the universe and how that view affected their faith in God.
Using a surprisingly sophisticated range of symbol, metaphor, analogy and philosophy, the ancient biblical writers presented a coherent model of the cosmos which has much to teach us today.
www.grahamhancock.com /forum/GStrachan1.php   (542 words)

 Reason for the Biblical Flood tale
The bedrock of the Creationist argument rests squarely on the Biblical Flood as it is told in the Chapter of Genesis.
Because the actual fossil record firmly supports the gradual evolution of life over time as described by science, and it represents some of the most damaging evidence against creationism (the idea that all species of organisms on earth were created instantly and fully-formed).
While the biblical flood story is almost certainly derived from the earlier Babylonian flood mythology, modern creationists are under the misapprehension that such an event is an historical certainty.
www.sonic.net /~evolve/creation/biblical_flood_reason.htm   (634 words)

 The Big Picture - Cosmology: The Largest Context
In every human society, the largest of all contexts is the story of how everything began, how things came to be as they are, and where everything is going.
A people's cosmology crystallizes into a set of unquestioned assumptions and beliefs about life in that culture.
The cosmology of the Bible has had a great effect on the thinking and institutions of the West, and on our understanding of our relationship to the rest of nature.
members.aol.com /putali/NewPutali/bp2.html   (1385 words)

 SharperIron » A Critique of Dr. Thomas M. Strouse’s “The Geocentric Cosmology of Genesis 1:1-19″
Such a statement plants in the minds of many people that the near converse is true, that is, that the first geocentricists were not pagans and held the Bible in high esteem.
The truth is that there is no biblical text that explicitly affirms either geocentricism or heliocentricism, nor can a synthesis of clear texts be used to support either model (Faulkner, “Geocentricism and Creation,” p.
Though I disagree with and present a refutation of the precreation chaos theory in my class on Biblical Creationism, his series of articles was beneficial because he reflected a serious approach to theological research and exegesis.
www.sharperiron.org /2006/06/26/a-critique-of-dr-thomas-m-strouses-the-geocentric-cosmology-of-genesis-11-19   (4189 words)

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