FRANK TIPLER'S PHYSICAL ESCHATOLOGY
Article first published online: 15 DEC 2005
Volume 30, Issue 3, pages 479–490, September 1995
How to Cite
Mutschler, H.-D. (1995), FRANK TIPLER'S PHYSICAL ESCHATOLOGY. Zygon, 30: 479–490. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9744.1995.tb00086.x
- Issue published online: 15 DEC 2005
- Article first published online: 15 DEC 2005
Abstract. Frank L. Tipler's book The Physics of Immortality is a striking attempt by a scientist to resolve the conflict between theology and science on the basis of a physicalist position that identifies theology as a branch of physics, and that calculates God “in exactly the same way as physicists calculate the characteristics of electrons.” Tipler's work may be seen as a scientistic myth, and its critique is organized around the three basic characteristics of such myths: (1) it is illogical in that it argues as if physics were in fact metaphysics; (2) it is grim in that its glorification of technology is insensitive to ethical issues; (3) it is meaningless in that its espousal of a strong theory of artificial intelligence empties concrete personal histories by subsuming them under abstractions that distort our understandings both of God and of resurrection.