Barbours recent position has shifted from what it was in the 1960s, when in
the context of two rival models (steady state and Big Bang) he stressed the
neutrality of theology to such specific aspects of cosmology as t=0. In his 1990 Gifford Lectures he suggested
that if a clear scientific consensus should emerge on the issue of t=0, it
would be relevant to theology. Compare
Barbour, Issues in science and religion, 366-68, 377, 380, 414,
458. with Ian G. Barbour, Religion in an Age of Science, Gifford
Lectures; 1989-1990. (San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1990), 128-29. For a detailed analysis of Barbourss
position, see Russell, "Finite Creation Without a Beginning," 300-03.
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