The Future of the Universe: Chance, Chaos, God?

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An astrophysicist draws upon religion and science in his search for evidence of God. The word "God" shows up increasingly in popular works about modern physics. Some scientists piously see God as a key to deciphering further mysteries of the universe. Others aver that science offers a surer path to God than religion. Arnold Benz, an astrophysicist and a Christian, believes that science and religion, if one takes them seriously, resist seamless integration and harmonization. They are two different approaches to experiencing reality, two different planes that do not intersect, yet it is possible for an observer informed about both planes of inquiry to reflect on how they might relate. Mediating between these two planes of perception, which could be described as the greatest intellectual adventure of our time, requires taking both realms fully in earnest. Arguing that it is senseless to seek God in the first moments of the Big Bang, as though creation were some once-for-all event in the distant past, Benz finds creation occurring throughout the entire development of the cosmos, here and now as well as in the distant future. In the foreground stands the decisive question: What might we expect, and what might we hope for, from the future: chance, chaos, or God?>

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Arnold Benz, PhD, is a professor of Astrophysics at the Technical University of Zurich. The author of two textbooks and over 150 scientific publications, Benz regularly writes for popular science magazines frequently appears on Swiss radio and television.

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"A very well balanced and readable treatment of religious issues in the context of astronomy and cosmology."
- European Society for the Study of Science and Theology News

"Inspiring and creative....I...recommend the book to those looking for some creative and poetic meditations on the Christ event and the evolution of the cosmos and life."
-Theological Studies

"Benz is a congenial writer whose explanations of physics and astronomy are easy to understand and which thus offer some degree of physical insight to the theologically but not scientifically inclined."
-Bridges

"Arnold Benz [...] writes knowledgeably (and engagingly) about cosmology, the Big Bang et al...it is a good read and gives a new angle on the science and religion debate."—Anvil

"This is a thoughtful book that deserves to be in academic libraries."
—Daniel Boice, Catholic Library World, December 2001
"For those readers unfamiliar with the basic tenets of the new physics, this book will be a welcome guide." —Theological Book Review Feed the Minds

"In The Future ofthe Universe (2000), astrophysicist Arnold Benz... examines what lies aheadfor the universe and what that may mean to humankind. Benz tackles this subjectfrom both a scientific stance and one of a devout Christian. In spite of thedire cosmological predictions, Benz sees a firm Christological hope."- Scienceand Theology News, December 2005, Page 37 (Science and Theology News)

“In The Future ofthe Universe (2000), astrophysicist Arnold Benz... examines what lies aheadfor the universe and what that may mean to humankind. Benz tackles this subjectfrom both a scientific stance and one of a devout Christian. In spite of thedire cosmological predictions, Benz sees a firm Christological hope.”- Scienceand Theology News, December 2005, Page 37 (,)

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