The steady-state theory - cosmological argument

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  • The Steady-State Theory
    • counts against Aquinas' third way relating to contingency and necessary existance
      • This is by suggesting that the universe is eternal
        • This theory provides a scientific explanation that would undermine the cosmological argument as it denies the beginning of the universe
    • Until recently scientists have accepted the theory that energy cannot be created and that therefore the universe wwill always weigh the same and the energy within the universe will simple be redistributed
      • the acceptance of the uniformity of the universe led to the theory that it should look much the same not only from the same place but also at any point in time
        • this is the steady-state theory
          • the opposite view to creationism since it teaches that there is no beginning or end to the universe, the universe has always been there and that it's appearance doesn't change with time
    • The old stars are mixed in with the new ones
      • so although the universe is expanding, the continuous creation of new particles of matter is at a rate that is automatically adjusted by the cosmological expansion
        • this is at a steady state and will always be the same
          • 'The universe is a huge self regulating, self-sustaining mechanism, with the capacity to self organise ad infinitum' - Paul Dvies
    • The idea was originally put forward Herman Bondi, Tommy Gold and Fred Hoyle
      • It has generally been rejected in favour of the Big Bang theory

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