Original Research - Special Collection: SASRF The resurgence of metaphysics in science and philosophy and theology

Cosmic metaphysics: Being versus Becoming in cosmology and astrophysics

Marcelo Gleiser
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 73, No 3 | a4713 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v73i3.4713 | © 2017 Marcelo Gleiser | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 22 June 2017 | Published: 13 November 2017

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Marcelo Gleiser, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Dartmouth College, United States and Research Institute for Theology and Religion, University of South Africa, South Africa


This article offers a critical discussion on the question of the existence of the Universe, starting with creation myths of a variety of different cultures and ending with cutting-edge ideas from modern cosmology. Emphasising the polarised tension between Being and Becoming and its religious and philosophical origins, this article argues that this tension is unavoidable and still very much present. Further, the logical insolvability of the problem of the First Cause is examined, showing the conceptual inappropriateness of current scientific models that claim to offer a solution.


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