THEOLOGY AND PHYSICS FORTY YEARS LATER

Authors

  • Ian G. Barbour


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    Ian Barbour has retired from Carleton College, Northfield, MN 55057, where at various times he has been Professor of Physics, Professor of Religion, and Bean Professor of Science, Technology and Society. His e-mail address is ibarbour@carleton.edu.

Abstract

Abstract. Almost forty years later I look back on a 1966 article on theology and physics by Sanford Brown and my response published with it. I reflect on his hope that theological seminaries would give attention to the methods used in scientific inquiry. I compare our comments with subsequent thought on three issues: (1) the role of models in science and religion; (2) the relation of wholes to parts in physics and other sciences and the debate over reductionism and emergence; and (3) the implications of quantum physics for theology, including the possibility of divine action at the quantum level.

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