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Chaos and Complexity

This collection of fifteen research papers explores the implications of chaos and complexity in physical, chemical, and biological systems for philosophical and theological issues regarding God's action in the world. After an introduction to chaos and complexity, these essays respond to a series of questions: do these topics in the natural sciences lend support for a philosophy of nature based on metaphysical determinism and indeterminism? In what ways do they shed light on the problem of general and special providence, and in particular on a non-interventionist understanding of objectively special divine action? Are there other areas of science which illuminate these questions more adequately than do chaos and complexity?

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Scientific Perspectives on Divine Action

By Book, By Author, By Topic

Chaos and Complexity

Evolutionary and Molecular Biology

Neuroscience and the Person

Quantum Cosmology and the Laws of Nature

Quantum Mechanics



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