Accelerating Expansion of the Universe
Sun, 27 Dec 1998 07:23:56 EST

Most of you have undoubtedly read the newly discovered finding that the
expansion of the universe is accelerating. The report "Cosmic Motion
Revealed" in _Science_ (18 Dec., 1998, p. 2156-7) states, "not only is there
too little matter in the universe to ever halt the expansion on its own, but
the outward motion appears to be speeding up, not slowing down" (p. 2156).

The article goes on to say, "The implications are so profound and unsettling
that astronomers around the world are still trying to disprove the finding, to
uncover anything that could create a false impression of cosmic acceleration.
To date they have been unsuccessful" (p. 2156).

_Science News_ (Dec. 19 & 26, 1998, pp. 392-4) states, "The expansion of the
universe accelerates rather than slows down" (p. 394).

Assuming that these findings hold up over time, what are we as Christians to
make of them? What are their theological implications, if any? Do they have
any special meanings for us?

Does any one have any thoughts on these matters?

Thanks for your responses.

Best wishes for a blessed New Year to all.