Is the Bible supported by modern archaeology?

Is the Bible supported by modern archaeology? Updated 7 August 2023 (c) 2023

Introduction

The Bible is accepted as an inspired chronicle of mankind’s search for existence, meaning and moral guidance by virtually all Christian denominations and also by the Jewish faith, who read the Old Testament. Muslims also read portions of the Old Testament,

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What is the multiverse, and what is its significance?

What is the multiverse, and what is its significance? Updated 7 August 2023 (c) 2023

Introduction

The “multiverse” is a term for the totality of physical reality, extending beyond the observable universe to a larger realm that encompasses other regions. It is curious that the term “multiverse” was not actually invented by modern physicists, astronomers

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What is the inflationary theory of cosmology?

What is the inflationary theory of cosmology? Updated 7 August 2023 (c) 2023

Introduction

The “big bang” is a name given to the origin event of our universe, which scientists now date at roughly 13.8 billion years ago, according to the latest data released by the Planck project [Cho2013]. The big bang cosmology originally grew

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Is the universe fine-tuned for intelligent life?

Is the universe fine-tuned for intelligent life? Updated 7 August 2023 (c) 2023

Introduction

Is the universe fine-tuned for intelligent life? Many researchers in a variety of disciplines, ranging from astrobiology to cosmology and physics, have wondered why the laws of physics, the masses of fundamental particles and other facts of nature appear to be

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Where are the extraterrestrial civilizations? (Fermi’s paradox)

Where are the extraterrestrial civilizations? (Fermi’s paradox) Updated 1 February 2024 (c) 2024

Introduction

In 1950, while having lunch with colleagues Edward Teller and Herbert York, who were chatting about a recent cartoon in the New Yorker depicting aliens, physicist Enrico Fermi suddenly blurted out, “Where is everybody?,” a question now known as Fermi’s paradox.

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How are distances to the stars and galaxies calculated?

How are distances to the stars and galaxies calculated? Updated 7 August 2023 (c) 2023

Introduction

Many of us, while still in grade school, learned about the staggering distances to planets, stars and galaxies. The sun is approximately 150 million km or 93 million miles away, a distance that is known as the “astronomical unit”

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How solid is the evidence for the big bang?

How solid is the evidence for the big bang? Updated 7 August 2023 (c) 2023

Introduction

The “big bang” is a name given to the origin event of our universe, which scientists now date at roughly 13.8 billion years ago, according to the latest data released by the Planck project [Cho2013]. The term was actually

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What is the anthropic principle of cosmology?

What is the anthropic principle of cosmology? Updated 7 August 2023 (c) 2023

Definition of the anthropic principle

The term “anthropic principle” was first introduced into the scientific literature in 1974 by Brandon Carter [Carter1974, pg. 291]. In discussing the “large number” coincidences then evident in physics and cosmology, Carter used the term to refer

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Is scientific progress real?

Is scientific progress real? Updated 7 August 2023 (c) 2023

Denials of scientific progress from the right and the left

The fact that scientific research has made immense progress over the past years, decades and centuries is taken for granted among professional scientists and most of the lay public as well. But there are others,

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How has the idea of progress shaped modern society?

How has the idea of progress shaped modern society? Updated 6 February 2024 (c) 2024

The idea of progress in Judeo-Christian thought

Robert Nisbet defines the “idea of progress” as the notion that mankind has advanced in the past, from barbarism and ignorance, is now advancing, and will continue to advance through the foreseeable future

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