39. Laws of Nature

  1. J. B. Stump2 and
  2. Alan G. Padgett3
  1. Lydia Jaeger

Published Online: 19 MAR 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118241455.ch39

The Blackwell Companion to Science and Christianity

The Blackwell Companion to Science and Christianity

How to Cite

Jaeger, L. (2012) Laws of Nature, in The Blackwell Companion to Science and Christianity (eds J. B. Stump and A. G. Padgett), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118241455.ch39

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Bethel College, Indiana, USA

  2. 3

    Luther Seminary in Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA

Author Information

  1. Institut Biblique de Nogent-sur-Marne, France

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 19 MAR 2012
  2. Published Print: 20 APR 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444335712

Online ISBN: 9781118241455

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Keywords:

  • laws of nature, commonplace in scientific practice;
  • rival explanations, of natural phenomena;
  • Aristotelian-inspired natural philosophy;
  • universality of laws of nature;
  • laws of nature, to a shift in the way natural order is perceived;
  • creation, asymmetric view of reality;
  • applying mathematical rules to nature;
  • re-emergence of a Christian Platonism;
  • covenantal causality, laws of nature in a theistic framework

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • The Early Modern Concept of Laws of Nature

  • The Universality of Laws of Nature

  • The Book of Nature Written in the Language of Mathematics

  • Exact Science in a Material World

  • Quantum Mechanics: An Aristotelian Comeback?

  • Laws of Nature Grounded in God's Covenant Faithfulness

  • Laws without a Lawgiver?

  • Notes

  • References

  • Further Reading