Unlocking Divine Action: Contemporary Science and Thomas Aquinas by Michael J. Dodds Details
Our ability to talk about God's work in the world is closely related to our understanding of causality. With the emergence of modern Newtonian science, the concept of causality has…
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Our ability to talk about God's work in the world is closely related to our understanding of causality. With the emergence of modern Newtonian science, the concept of causality has narrowed, and the discussion of divineaction has been closed in this narrow understanding.
There simply seemed to be no room for God to act in the world without interfering with nature and the laws of science that describe it. Fortunately, the idea of causality has greatly expanded through developments in contemporaryscience. The discoveries in quantum mechanics, cosmology, chaos and biology have led to a broader understanding of causality.
These developments have opened two fundamentally new ways for the theologians to "open" the "discussion of divineaction". One is to use the same science developments to talk about the work of God. The other is to speak of divineaction not directly through the theories and interpretations of science, but through a broader understanding of the causality they propose.
, Br> This book explores both approaches and says that the latter provides a more effective way to discuss divineaction. Having found that the idea of causality in contemporaryscience reminds us of the basic concepts of ThomasAquinasphilosophy, it recovers these concepts and applies them to the discussion of divineaction. In this way, it provides a sustained account of how the Aquinas concept is used in conjunction with contemporaryscience to deepen our understanding of divineaction and to address issues such as creation, care, prayer, and miracles.
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