This essay is entitled Universe without Space and Time because it proposes a cosmology that discards the notion that space and time are independent entities, either in Newton’s sense of absolute space and time or in Einstein’s sense of a self-subsistent space-time manifold. Instead it treats space and time as relational quantities that are wholly dependent on matter for their meaning. It develops the scholastic way of thinking about space and time, which is the fruit of meditation on the biblical account of creation, and results in a way of looking at the cosmos that is refreshingly different from that of modern cosmology. It is an essay on principles, which means that it does not propose a full-blown cosmology but starting points for a Catholic biblically-inspired cosmology. The principles are drawn from Sacred Scripture as interpreted in Catholic Tradition (as passed on by the Fathers, Doctors and Magisterium of the Church) and from the observations of empirical science. It may be that more than one consistent cosmology can emerge from the principles because they may not be powerful enough or complete enough to produce a unique cosmology. The content of the essay is conceptual and non-mathematical. It is directed to the scientifically literate reader, both professional and lay. Although written from a Catholic perspective, the book is intended to appeal to believers of all faiths that hold Genesis to be the inerrant Word of God. Even readers who do not agree with the theme of the book will find much in it that enhances their understanding of the natural world.
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