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date: 22 September 2020

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Cosmologists are particularly interested in the origin of the universe and what initial conditions could have led to a world like the one we inhabit. Most adopt the hot big bang model, which supposes that the universe started in a state of great compression some ten billion years ago. The crucial point about such large structures is that they are dominated by gravity, electrical interactions being insignificant because the universe has no net charge. Early universe studies have led to an exciting collaboration between particle physicists and cosmologists. The first part of this article shows how astronomical progress has generally drawn cosmology and religion ever further apart. The second part suggests that recent developments in cosmology may have reversed this trend. The third part discusses some current topics that are likely to have an impact upon the future relationship between cosmology and religion.

Keywords: cosmology, particle physics, universe, big bang, gravity, religion, astronomy

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