Christian Cyclopedia

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(Gk. kosmos, “world”; gonos, “a begetting”). Part of the science of astronomy; deals with the origin of the universe; esp. the study of various theories (and the theories themselves) regarding the beginning of the world. The Scripture account is also called cosmogony.

The idea of creation* out of nothing was practically unknown in early heathen cosmogonies. Most early cosmogonies consider matter eternal and attribute the form to the activity of a deity. Others, including those who identify deity and matter, regard both matter and form eternal. The Scriptures attribute both matter and form to the Creator.

Prominent at the middle of the 20th c. were the Big* Bang Theory and the Steady* State Theory. In the 1960s the Steady State Theory began to fall out of favor with most cosmologists.

See also Absolute.

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