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Cosmic Questions

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Welcome to a preview of the 'Cosmic Questions' CD-ROM. While these pages include only a sample of the book text, the CD-ROM includes the full text of the publication, and over three hours of interview video. The video is accessible through this preview, or directly from the 'Interviews' section.


Interactive Adaptation

  • Adrian M. Wyard
  • (c) 2003 Counterbalance Foundation.


Hubble Deep Field Animation

  • (c) 1997 Kenneth M. Lanzetta. Produced at The University of New York at Stony Brook with support from the National Science Foundation. Image courtesy: NASA.
  • For more information, please see www.astrographics.com.
  • Background Music courtesy of SSR / Crammed Discs. (www.crammed.be): Singtree written and produced by Solar Quest. Published by Les Editions de la Bascule / Strictly Confidential.


  • Marty Maddox, Jeremy Yunt, Susan Haddox, Robert J. Russell, and Kirk Wegter-McNelly at CTNS
  • Jim Miller


  • M.C. Escher's "Cubic Space Division" © 2002 Cordon Art B.V. - Baarn - Holland. All rights reserved.
  • Audesirk/Audesirk, BIOLOGY: Life On Earth, 5/e, ©1999. Electronically reproduced by permission of Pearson Education, Inc., Upper Saddle River, New Jersey.
  • Sinauer Associates

Special thanks to Robert and Jill Fri whose generous contribution to the Cosmic Questions project has been instrumental in making this CD-ROM possible.

Bonus Content: Counterbalance Meta-Library

CTNS Evolution and Providence Project

  • Source Video: (c) 2000 Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences
  • Interactive Adaptation: (c) 2000 Counterbalance Foundation
  • Video Production: Counterbalance Foundation and SPU Interactive Technology Services
  • Images: Mount Rushmore, Rosetta Stone, DNA-Double-Helix, DNA Backbone, Bacterial Flagellum: Discovery Institute

The Natural Sciences and Christian Theology - A Select Bibliography

  • Source Text: (c) 2000-2002 Randy Maddox
  • Interactive Adaptation: (c) 2000-2002 Counterbalance Foundation

Theology and Science: Current Issues and Future Directions

  • Source Text: (c) 2000 Robert J. Russell
  • Interactive Adaptation: (c) 2000-2002 Counterbalance Foundation

Ethics Values and Personhood Project

  • Source Video: (c) 2000-2002 Counterbalance Foundation
  • Interactive Adaptation: (c) 2000-2002 Counterbalance Foundation
  • Video Production: Counterbalance Foundation and SPU Interactive Technology Services

God, Humanity and the Cosmos Project

  • Source Book Text: (c) 1999 Christopher Southgate and the contributors
  • Text Adaptation: Dr. Christopher Southgate
  • Interactive Adaptation: (c) 1999-2002 Counterbalance Foundation

Other CTNS Content Contributors

  • Genetics Topics - Dr. Ted Peters
  • Physics and Cosmology Topics - Dr. Bob Russell
  • Evolutionary Biology Topics - Dr. Francisco Ayala
  • Neuroscience Topics - Dr. Nancey Murphy
  • History Topics - Dr. Ron Numbers
  • Introductory Topics: Margaret Wertheim
  • Interactive Adaptation: (c) 1998-2002 Counterbalance Foundation

Special Thanks To

  • Gaymon Bennett
  • Jim Schaal
  • Ken Paoletti
  • Keith Jackson
  • Geof Abruzzi
  • Lyle George
  • Nate Binzen
  • Peter Venable
  • Bill Matzen
  • Richard Randolph
  • Bonnie Johnston
  • Danielle Dettore
  • Anna Richards
  • Heather Evans
  • David Wicks
  • Nate Woodward
  • Dennis Eames
  • New River Media
  • Circle Graphics and Design
  • Double-Helix Image: Reproduced by permission from Nature 175:834. Copyright 1995 Macmillan Magazines Ltd.
  • Hominid Evolution Table: Reproduced with the permission of Cambridge University Press.

Topic Sets Available

AAAS Report on Stem-Cells

AstroTheology: Religious Reflections on Extraterrestrial Life Forms

Agency: Human, Robotic and Divine
Becoming Human: Brain, Mind, Emergence
Big Bang Cosmology and Theology (GHC)
Cosmic Questions Interviews

Cosmos and Creator
Creativity, Spirituality and Computing Technologies
CTNS Content Home
Darwin: A Friend to Religion?
Demystifying Information Technology
Divine Action (GHC)
Dreams and Dreaming: Neuroscientific and Religious Visions'
E. Coli at the No Free Lunchroom
Engaging Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence: An Adventure in Astro-Ethics
Evangelical Atheism: a response to Richard Dawkins
Ecology and Christian Theology
Evolution: What Should We Teach Our Children in Our Schools?
Evolution and Providence
Evolution and Creation Survey
Evolution and Theology (GHC)
Evolution, Creation, and Semiotics

The Expelled Controversy
Faith and Reason: An Introduction
Faith in the Future: Religion, Aging, and Healthcare in the 21st Century

Francisco Ayala on Evolution

From Christian Passions to Scientific Emotions
Genetic Engineering and Food

Genetics and Ethics
Genetic Technologies - the Radical Revision of Human Existence and the Natural World

Genomics, Nanotechnology and Robotics
Getting Mind out of Meat
God and Creation: Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Perspectives on Big Bang Cosmology
God, Humanity and the Cosmos: A Textbook in Science and Religion
God the Spirit - and Natural Science
Historical Examples of the Science and Religion Debate (GHC)
History of Creationism
Intelligent Design Coming Clean

Issues for the Millennium: Cloning and Genetic Technologies
Jean Vanier of L'Arche
Nano-Technology and Nano-ethics
Natural Science and Christian Theology - A Select Bibliography
Neuroscience and the Soul
Outlines of the Science and Religion Debate (GHC)

Perspectives on Evolution

Physics and Theology
Quantum Mechanics and Theology (GHC)
Questions that Shape Our Future
Reductionism (GHC)
Reintroducing Teleology Into Science
Science and Suffering

Scientific Perspectives on Divine Action (CTNS/Vatican Series)

Space Exploration and Positive Stewardship

Stem-Cell Debate: Ethical Questions
Stem-Cell Ethics: A Theological Brief

Stem-Cell Questions
Theistic Evolution: A Christian Alternative to Atheism, Creationism, and Intelligent Design...
Theology and Science: Current Issues and Future Directions
Unscientific America: How science illiteracy threatens our future
Will ET End Religion?

Current Stats: topics: >2600, links: >300,000, video: 200 hours.