God, Creation, And Contemporary Physics

God, Creation, And Contemporary Physics

by Mark William Worthing
     
 

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… See more details below

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780800629069
Publisher:
Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
Publication date:
09/05/2000
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

Acknowledgments
Introduction1
Ch. 1Physics and Theology in Historical Perspective
From the Dawn of Modern Science to Kepler7
From the Baconian Compromise to the "War" between Science and Religion15
The Rise of Modern Physics: From Einstein to the Big Bang23
Current Attitudes and Relationship between Science and Theology29
Ch. 2Does God Exist?
Traditional Arguments for the Existence of God: From Aristotle to the Present33
The Design Argument and Contemporary Physics38
The Cosmological Argument and Contemporary Physics47
The Ontological Argument and Contemporary Physics60
Who Is the God of the Physicists?66
Summary: The Divine Postulate in the Light of Contemporary Physics71
Ch. 3Did God Create the Universe Out of Nothing?
Creation out of Nothing in Biblical and Theological Perspective73
Does Contemporary Physics Point to an Original Creation?79
Creation out of Nothing: Early Models95
Creation out of Nothing: Quantum Wave-Fluctuation Models98
Creatio ex nihilo without God?104
Summary: God as Creator in the Light of Contemporary Physics106
Ch. 4Is God Still Active in the Universe?
What Is Continuing Creation?111
Continuing Creation as Divine Sustenance115
Modern Physics and the Providence of God130
Modern Physics and Special Providence138
The Problem of Evil146
Summary: God's Continuing Activity in the Universe in Light of Contemporary Physics156
Ch. 5Can God Survive the Consummation of the Universe?
Eschatology as Emerging Scientific Discipline160
Open or Closed Universe?162
The Challenge of Christian Eschatology in Light of Modern Cosmology175
Christian Eschatology and Open Cosmological Models179
Christian Eschatology and Closed Cosmological Models185
Summary: God as Eschatological Consummator in Light of Contemporary Physics197
Ch. 6Summary and Conclusions
The Impact of Modern Physics and Cosmology on the Theological Discussion of God199
The Continuing Dialogue between Physics and Theology: Guidelines and Suggestions206
Notes211
Selected Bibliography247
Index255

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