Creation Ex Nihilo?
Perspectives on the Origin of the Universe in Science, Theology and Philosophy
The theme of our 2018 Summer Seminar will be “Cosmic Origins”.
What does it mean to speak about the origin of our Universe? Why is there something rather than nothing? Did time begin with the Big Bang? What does it mean to speak of a Creator? Why was Genesis 1 written? Is it still relevant today? How do the Big Bang theory and Genesis fit together? Can one believe in the modern physical mechanics of an inflationary Universe and also in God?
The week-long Collegium Summer Seminar will be structured around the question of the beginning of the Universe and the Big Bang theory, with a special focus on the contribution of Georges Lemaître, as well as on planetary origins and the formation of our solar system. The Seminar will welcome a small cohort of graduate students to the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia for an intensive course led by eminent scholars across disciplines of physics, philosophy, and theology.
Through a daily series of lectures, seminars, and small group discussions, students will examine both cutting edge research and foundational wisdom that enables them to evaluate descriptive models of the origins of the universe, the relationship of space and time, physics and metaphysics, nature and grace, the human and the divine in an exploration some of deepest questions about the origins of our Universe.