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Constraint And Freedom In The Movement From Quantum Physics To Theology

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One way to ensure that theological discussions do not amount to "tennis without a net" is to tie them where possible to existing fields of empirical study. In order to do this, one first considers the array of interpretive models in a specific scientific field, looking for areas of compatibility with existing theological models and reevaluating one's theology, or perhaps even one's science, as a result. This chapter explores three examples of issues that have arisen in debates concerning the interpretation of quantum mechanics: the role of subjectivity, the "many-worlds" interpretations, and the debate over indeterminacy and free will. In examining these three classic areas in the interpretation of quantum mechanics it has been the authors' goal not so much to decisively establish one set of systematic conclusions as to defend the importance of this type of discussion.

Keywords: quantum mechanics; theology



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