Tuesday, December 23, 2008

The Cosmology of The Gospel

It is important to realize that there is no explicit cosmology within the Christian gospels.  No explicit description of the universe exists.  Max Wildiers summarizes the cosmology of the gospels in four points:

  1. Cosmology is incidental to the New Testament. It is never the object of proclamation as in other ancient religions or even in Jewish Apocalyptic. In some ancient primitive religions a particular picture of the universe is not infrequently an essential part of the religious teaching. This is never the case in the new Testament.
  2. There is no distinctive New Testament cosmology. What we find are no more than casual allusions to the cosmological conceptions of its contemporary world.
  3. If one wanted to integrate all these allusions and sporadic pieces into a consistent whole, it would soon become clear that such a task is impossible. For this reason it would be meaningless to speak of a biblical worldview.
  4. Cosmology does not belong to the message of the Gospel. The cosmos is an object of proclamation and consequently of Christian theology only insofar as it is related to God as its Creator, Lord, Judge, and Savior. This is the only sense in which the early Church spoke of the world.
His summary becomes important for addressing the contemporary crisis between science and theology.