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Introduction to Volume One

MELVILLE Y. STEWART


Subject Philosophy » Philosophy of Religion, Philosophy of Science

DOI: 10.1111/b.9781405189217.2010.00002.x


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We live in a time of unprecedented scientific exploration, discovery, and achievement. This is as evident in China as it is in the United States. During the fourth round of the Science and Religion Series, my wife Donna and I lived at the Shao Yuan Hotel, room 109, Peking University. That year (2008), Chinese astronauts were sent into space, and a week later they landed safely in the desert to the north in Inner Mongolia. It was the lead story in all the Chinese media. Nearly six years ago, Time magazine featured an article, “How the Universe Will End,” which provided a flow-chart account of how the cosmos started and how scientists see it as ending in a Dark Era, comprised “… mostly of photons, neutrinos, electrons and positrons wandering through a universe bigger than the mind can conceive … [the author went on to say] From here into an infinite future, the universe remains cold, dark and dismal.” Science prognosticators paint a rather dismal picture for the human race and planet Earth. Many think that the sun will eventually fade into a ball scarcely bigger than our “home planet” and if the human species is going to survive at all, it will only be a vestigial remainder aboard a “galactic ark,” transporting one generation after another of its human occupants on an endless search for some distant planet suited for human habitation beyond our nearest star (next to the sun), Proxima ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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