The false promise of quantum mechanics

Zygon 42 (1):111-122 (2007)
  Copy   BIBTEX

Abstract

The causal indeterminacy suggested by quantum mechanics has led to its being the centerpiece of several proposals for divine action that does not contradict natural laws. However, even if the theoretical concerns about the reality of causal indeterminacy are ignored, quantum-level divine action fails to resolve the problem of ongoing, responsive divine activity. This is because most quantum-level actions require a significant period of time in order to reach macroscopic levels whether via chaotic amplification or complete divine control of quantum events. Therefore, quantum-level divine action either requires divine foreknowledge of purportedly free or random events or imposes such limitations on divine actions that they become late, potentially impotent, and confused. I argue that the theological problem of divine action remains; even at its most promising, quantum mechanics offers insufficient resolution. This failure suggests a reexamination of the assumptions that God is temporal and lacks foreknowledge of future contingencies.

Links

PhilArchive



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 92,931

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

On the Classical Limit of Quantum Mechanics.Valia Allori & Nino Zanghì - 2008 - Foundations of Physics 10.1007/S10701-008-9259-4 39 (1):20-32.
Quantum mechanics and realism.Peter Kosso - 2000 - Foundations of Science 5 (1):47-60.
What is Bohmian Mechanics.Valia Allori & Nino Zanghi - 2004 - International Journal of Theoretical Physics 43:1743-1755.
The classical limit of quantum theory.John T. Bruer - 1982 - Synthese 50 (2):167 - 212.
Patching physics and chemistry together.Robert C. Bishop - 2005 - Philosophy of Science 72 (5):710-722.

Analytics

Added to PP
2010-09-14

Downloads
97 (#182,260)

6 months
12 (#243,608)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Citations of this work

Foreknowledge and Free Will.Linda Zagzebski - 2011 - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy:online.
Near-Death Experiences are Not Evidence for Either Atheism or Theism.Keith Augustine - 2019 - In Graham Oppy & Joseph W. Koterski (eds.), Theism and Atheism: Opposing Viewpoints in Philosophy. Farmington Hills: MacMillan Reference. pp. 594-596.

Add more citations

References found in this work

Chaos and Complexity.R. J. Russell, N. Murphy & A. R. Peacocke (eds.) - 1995 - Vatican Observatory Publications.
God, Eternity and the Nature of Time.Alan G. Padgett - 1996 - International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 40 (2):117-119.

View all 9 references / Add more references