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Creation
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When nineteenth-century scientists presented the claim that they could offer an exhaustive explanation of the world, the question of how life arose became a crucial issue. Their theories were set in competition with religious accounts. The confrontation climaxed on the horns of a dilemma: what need is there for a God if nature makes itself according to eternal rules? Or: what was there before the primordial soup, the Big Bang? To establish the nonexistence of God is no longer one of the goals of science. The creation account is simply a myth. A modern creation story, like Steven Weinberg's Th…

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Auffarth, Christoph, “Creation”, in: The Brill Dictionary of Religion, Edited by Kocku von Stuckrad. Consulted online on 13 December 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5287_bdr_SIM_00014>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124332, 20051223



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