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Divine Action and Modern Science


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Preface; 1. Motivations; 2. Theological approaches to divine action; 3. The laws of nature and miracles; 4. Determinism and SDA; 5. Divine action and quantum theory; 6. Does God cheat at dice?; 7. Chaos theory and divine action; 8. Whole-part models of SDA; 9. Is SDA really tenable?; References; Index.

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A radical critique of current attempts to reconcile natural sciences with the concept of divine action.

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NICHOLAS SAUNDERS is Honorary Associate of the Ian Ramsey Centre at the University of Oxford.


'Concern with questions of divine action has been at the top of the agenda in the field of science and theology over the past ten years. Nicholas Saunders offers a comprehensive and insightful review of this activity that will be a valuable guide to many readers.' John Polkinghorne, University of Cambridge 'This is an important book. Without presupposing technical training in physics, it introduces the reader to enough of the scientific details that he or she can evaluate claims to special divine action in light of science. Saunders, who understands both the physical theories and the theological literature, manages to bring the discussion to a new level. His argument has already provoked controversy in the field; the book's appearance is certain to extend it.' Philip Clayton, Harvard University '[Divine Action and Modern Science] will be valued by anyone who has read around the subject before.' The Church Times '... a valuable, comprehensive survey of attempts to reconcile scientific insights with traditional theological beliefs.' Theology ' ... a valuable (and accessible) contribution to the debate.' Scottish Journal of Theology

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