God, Creation, And Contemporary Physics

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Worthing describes the critique of traditional arguments for God's existence by physicists. He then examines three Christian doctrines in light of theoretical physics--God and creation out of nothing in relation to the Big Bang Theory; God and continuing creation in relation to field theory, Bell's theorem, providence, entropy, and theodicy; and God and the consummation of creation.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780800629069
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/5/2000
  • Series: Theology and the Sciences Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Ch. 1 Physics and Theology in Historical Perspective
From the Dawn of Modern Science to Kepler 7
From the Baconian Compromise to the "War" between Science and Religion 15
The Rise of Modern Physics: From Einstein to the Big Bang 23
Current Attitudes and Relationship between Science and Theology 29
Ch. 2 Does God Exist?
Traditional Arguments for the Existence of God: From Aristotle to the Present 33
The Design Argument and Contemporary Physics 38
The Cosmological Argument and Contemporary Physics 47
The Ontological Argument and Contemporary Physics 60
Who Is the God of the Physicists? 66
Summary: The Divine Postulate in the Light of Contemporary Physics 71
Ch. 3 Did God Create the Universe Out of Nothing?
Creation out of Nothing in Biblical and Theological Perspective 73
Does Contemporary Physics Point to an Original Creation? 79
Creation out of Nothing: Early Models 95
Creation out of Nothing: Quantum Wave-Fluctuation Models 98
Creatio ex nihilo without God? 104
Summary: God as Creator in the Light of Contemporary Physics 106
Ch. 4 Is God Still Active in the Universe?
What Is Continuing Creation? 111
Continuing Creation as Divine Sustenance 115
Modern Physics and the Providence of God 130
Modern Physics and Special Providence 138
The Problem of Evil 146
Summary: God's Continuing Activity in the Universe in Light of Contemporary Physics 156
Ch. 5 Can God Survive the Consummation of the Universe?
Eschatology as Emerging Scientific Discipline 160
Open or Closed Universe? 162
The Challenge of Christian Eschatology in Light of Modern Cosmology 175
Christian Eschatology and Open Cosmological Models 179
Christian Eschatology and Closed Cosmological Models 185
Summary: God as Eschatological Consummator in Light of Contemporary Physics 197
Ch. 6 Summary and Conclusions
The Impact of Modern Physics and Cosmology on the Theological Discussion of God 199
The Continuing Dialogue between Physics and Theology: Guidelines and Suggestions 206
Notes 211
Selected Bibliography 247
Index 255
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