God and the Multiverse: Humanity's Expanding View of the Cosmos

By Victor J. Stenger

Cosmologists have purposes to think that the great universe within which we are living is only one of an unending variety of different universes inside of a multiverse—a mind-boggling array that could expand indefinitely in house and forever in either the prior and the longer term. Victor Stenger stories the main advancements within the heritage of technology that ended in the present consensus view of astrophysicists, taking pains to provide an explanation for crucial suggestions and discoveries in available terminology. the writer indicates that science’s rising knowing of the multiverse—consisting of trillions upon trillions of galaxies—is absolutely explicable in naturalistic phrases without having for supernatural forces to provide an explanation for its beginning or ongoing existence. 

How can conceptions of God, conventional or differently, be squared with this new worldview? the writer indicates how long-held ideals might want to endure significant revision or another way face eventual extinction.

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