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Divine Action And Quantum Mechanics: A Fresh Assessment

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This chapter explores about divine action and quantum mechanics whose roots trace back four decades in the field of "theology and science". It first discusses methodological issues, including the warrant for a "bottom-up" approach to divine action and the problems of the "multiple interpretability" of quantum mechanics and "historical relativism". Next it turns to two philosophical issues: the phenomenological domain of the measurement problem and its relation to the indeterministic form of the Copenhagen interpretation of quantum physics. The chapter proposes that a trinitarian doctrine of God is the most suitable context for locating the "divine action and quantum mechanics" thesis. It finally lays out directions for future research on the philosophical implications of quantum mechanics and their relevance for divine action, including a proposed architecture of philosophical issues, an exploration of implications of Bell's theorem, and a comparison of nonlocality and (in)determinism in Bohm's formulation and the Copenhagen interpretation.

Keywords: Copenhagen interpretation; divine action; quantum mechanics



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