The Physics of Theism by Jeffrey Koperski download in iPad, ePub, pdf
This book aims to mediate a wide range of debates in which science, especially physics, plays an important role in matters of religion. However, the science behind Newtonian-based physics, and its daughters, has been shown to be wrong. Those claims need reexamining. While reductionism is not wholly a matter of physical science, physics plays a key part since it is thought to describe the ground floor of reality.
Few scholars are able to keep up with trends even in their own discipline. At the same time, most theists believe that God answers prayers and at times acts within the natural order. We will consider these questions and assess this new emphasis on emergence mostly by using examples within physics itself. It sparks the imagination.
In short, philosophers of science specialize in just the sort of questions that tend to emerge in the science-and-religion literature. The most successful of these was the Steady State Model in which the universe was infinitely old and matter continually created throughout space, not just once at the Big Bang. The title means exactly what it says. The critical arguments are far weaker than they are often claimed to be. When that happens, there is a citation for the appropriate chapter and section.
Again, the classical philosophers fare better than their later critics. The modern world-view is very much shaped by the scientific revolution of the sixteenth to nineteenth centuries.
The back and forth between scholars of different disciplines pares away overstatements from real advances in scientific knowledge. It is this sort of interdisciplinary cross-over that we will have an eye on throughout the rest of this book.
Not everyone will agree with my analysis but they should. This book is a map of an unfamiliar terrain and a guide through it. Physics is thus seen as a description of how God upholds and constantly guides matter. Still, if new territory is to be accessible, what most of us need is a map of the terrain. For example, much of the modern criticism of the classical arguments attacks the form of causality used by the Greek, Islamic and medieval European philosophers.
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