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A theory about the origin of the universe, whether based on scientific reflection or religious belief. Catholic Christianity does not favor any particular scientific theory of the world's origins. Its concern is rather to teach on faith that God created the world in time, through the exercise of his omnipotence, and by a sovereign act of his divine will. (Etym. Greek kosmos, the world + gonos, offspring.)