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Quantum Physics and the Theology of Non‐Interventionist Objective Divine Action

Robert John Russell

in The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Science

Published in print April 2008 | ISBN: 9780199543656
Published online September 2009 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199543656.003.0035

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

 Quantum Physics and the Theology of Non‐Interventionist Objective Divine Action

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Since the rise of modern science in the seventeenth century, Christians have hungered for an intellectually and spiritually satisfying view of non-interventionist objective divine action (NIODA) that can support a theology of special providence located between general providence, on the one hand, and miracle, on the other. This article evaluates a specific proposal for NIODA based on an indeterministic interpretation of quantum mechanics (QM). It provides working definitions of the terms involved and the assumptions brought to the conversation. The article then stipulates the criteria that any potential candidate for NIODA must satisfy. Finally, before specifically turning to QM-NIODA, the discussion responds briefly to six frequent misconceptions (FAQs) regarding NIODA that tend to obscure the conversation and delay progress in assessing serious candidates for NIODA.

Keywords: NIODA; quantum mechanics; divine action; miracle; theology

Article.  8023 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Religion and Science

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