Cosmology and Christian Faith

God, Time, & Stephen HawkingGod, Time, & Stephen Hawking by David Wilkinson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

David Wilkinson was an astrophysicist and is now a theologian. In God, Time and Stephen Hawking, he explores the relationship between recent cosmological theories and Christian beliefs. He gives a short overview of some of the latest discoveries (when the book was written!), including the Cosmic Microwave Background Explorer (COBE) results, and describes some of Stephen Hawking’s theoretical work on the origins of the Universe. He even delves into topics such as the end of the universe and extra-terrestrial intelligence, while looking at how these issues affect our faith. Dr. Wilkinson argues against the designer approach to God, maintaining that science cannot prove nor disprove the existence of God. He ends the book with a chapter on how we can know God and respond to Him, from a Christian perspective. This was one of the first books that I read on science and faith that went beyond Creationism and Intelligent Design. I was still wallowing in those ideas then, and had no idea how profound this book was. Looking back at it now, I am surprised at how up to date this book is (it even includes dark energy!). It’s also written at a level suitable for laypersons.