Why is the universe so big?


Professor John Polkinghorne writes:

The size of the universe is essentially a function of its age. We need enough time to create second-generation stars, and then for life to evolve, so 13.7 billion years seem about right. If all the 10 to the power of 22 stars of the observable universe were not there, we would not be here to be daunted by cosmic immensity. In many respects there is no real difference between 14 thousand years, 14 million years, and 14 billion years: they are all immense to us, and all equally comprehensible to God.

Professor John Polkinghorne is an English theoretical physicist and theologian. He was professor of mathematical physics at the University of Cambridge from 1968 to 1979, when he resigned his chair to study for the priesthood, becoming an ordained Anglican priest in 1982.

John Polkinghorne Questions of Truth: Fifty-one Responses to Questions about God, Science, and Belief page 50.



Categories: Science

1 reply

  1. The professor seems wise in explaining things that happen in the universe logically. I’m more interested in his religious beliefs and seeing if he applies the same logic

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