21. Intelligent Design Topic: Doing what comes naturally
from pure randomness
to full determinism, and all variations between - in one mathematically
convenient formalism. Although the unwary reader might easily be confused,
Dembski usually designates this full spectrum of causal possibilities by
22. Intro Topic: Genes and Sin
the notion of genetic determinism raises serious
theological questions, because if our behavior is largely determined by our
genes then what becomes of the idea of free will - the notion that we have a
choice about how we act? If we don't
23. Technology Topic: Recommended Reading
Ted, Playing God? Genetic Determinism and Human
London and New York: Routledge, rev. ed. 2003.
Peterson, Gregory, Minding God:
Theology and the Cognitive Sciences. Minneapolis MN: Fortress Press, 2003.
24. General Term: Chaos Theory
philosophical link between
determinism and predictability. Still since it is describable by deterministic
equations, chaos theory supports a strictly deterministic philosophy of nature,
although within subtle epistemic limits.
It is possible,
25. General Term: Quantum Theory
ontological indeterminism (Heisenberg), ontological determinism (Einstein, David
Bohm --- as stressed recently by Jim Cushing), or many worlds (
); as involving consciousness (Von Neumann, Eugene Wigner , Roger
26. Physics Topic: The Theology of Providence
Simon Laplace combined the determinism
of Newtons equations with epistemological and metaphysical
reductionism to portray all of nature as an impersonal mechanism.
David Hume challenged the arguments for God as first cause and
27. Physics Topic: Quantum Physics
to a fundamental indeterminism in reality. Werner Heisenberg
argued this way: the chance aspects of quantum phenomena are due
to an ontological property, indeterminism, which holds at the
quantum level in the world. Albert Einstein and
28. Resources: Books on Biology, Genetics and Theology
Playing God? Genetic Determinism and Human Freedom
Sociobiology: The New Synthesis
The Human Factor
The Selfish Gene
Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of
29. Resources: CTNS Recommended: Intermediate Level
God? Genetic Determinism and Human Freedom . (New York and London: Routledge, 1997). ISBN: 0415915228.
______, and Gaymon
Bennett , eds. Bridging Science and Religion . (
: 2002). ISBN: 0334028930.
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