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Creation, Providence And Quantum Chance

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The biblical texts at the foundation of Judaism and Christianity include a rich deposit of stories that depict God acting in history to advance the purposes for which the world was called into being. First, the development of critical historical and literary techniques has deepened the understanding of the contingency and complexity of the biblical text. Second, the rise of the natural sciences has profoundly changed the intellectual context within which this theological enterprise of interpretation is carried out. God's fundamental action is the act of creating the world. That being said, it is important nonetheless to consider whether God as acting directly at points of causal openness in the structures of nature. The puzzles surrounding measurement, as it is understood by the standard account of quantum theory, have at least two kinds of consequences for theological uses of this interpretation.

Keywords: divine action; God's act; quantum theory



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