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Divine Action In The Natural Order: Buridan'S Ass And Schrödinger'S Cat

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This chapter first explains a brief critique of the most promising account of divine action based on chaos theory, and sets out in advance the criteria a theory of divine action needs to meet. It then provides a theory of causation that takes account of phenomena germane to both science and theology. The chapter also surveys relevant changes in metaphysical views of matter and causation, in particular contrasting the Aristotelian hylomorphic conception with the early modern corpuscular theory. It argues that any adequate account of divine action must include a "bottom-up" approach: if God is to be active in all events, then God must be involved in the most basic of natural events. Finally, it answers some of the objections that have been raised against theories of divine action based on quantum indeterminacy, and also shows that this proposal meets the criteria of adequacy drawn from both theology and science.

Keywords: "Buridian" asses; Schrödinger's poor cat; scientific criteria; theological criteria; theory of causation; theory of divine action



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