Chaos and Complexity: Scientific Perspectives on Divine Action
This collection of fifteen research papers explores the implications of chaos and complexity in physical, chemical, and biological systems for philosophical and theological issues regarding God's action in the world. It resulted from the second of five international research conferences being co-sponsored by the Vatican Observatory, Rome, and the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences, Berkeley. The overarching goal is to contribute to constructive theology as it engages current research in the natural sciences and to investigate the philosophical and theological elements in ongoing theoretical research in the natural sciences.
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CHAOS AND COMPLEXITY
Norman H Packard and Robert S Shaw
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account of divine acts agency Anthropic Principle Aquinas Arthur Peacocke attractor behavior bifurcation biological bottom-up boundary conditions causal chance chaos theory chaotic attractor chaotic dynamical chaotic systems Christian claim complex concept constraints contemporary created creation creative described determined deterministic discussion divine action dynamical systems effect energy entities entropy equations evolution example existence experience explanation finite freedom gaps God's action God's Interaction human immanent indeterminacy initial conditions interpretation iterated John Polkinghorne knowledge laws of nature limit logistic map macroscopic mathematical means metaphysical microstates motion Nancey Murphy ontological orbits organism particular Peacocke periodic points phenomena Philosophy Polkinghorne possible predictability Press principle problem Quantum Cosmology quantum events quantum indeterminacy quantum level quantum mechanics question randomness reality Regime relation relationships scientific secondary causes self-organization sense sequence Stoeger structure suggests temporal theologians theology thermodynamics top-down causation transcendence trinitarian understanding universe unpredictability Vatican Observatory whole whole-part