Zygon: Journal of Religion & Science

Physics is Hot in Zygon

by
David Glover

Since publishing the symposium on “Quantum Reality and the Consciousness of the Universe” in September these articles have quickly become some of Zygon’s most widely read pieces. In this symposium physical chemist Lothar Schäfer presented his case for transcendence being rooted in fundamental reality. Philosopher of science Ervin Laszlo and two physicists, Carl Helrich and Stanley Klein have responded and critiqued these ideas. The seven articles in this symposium cover nearly 100 pages on this timely topic and are among our 20 most read articles in the past three years as well as among the 20 most cited articles Zygon has published in the past year.

Zygon kept physics in the limelight with the symposium on “Einstein, God, and Time” in our December issue. Historian of science John Hedley Brooke, theologian Antje Jackelén, and physicist-theologian John Polkinghorne each revised and expanded their 2005 Oxford lectures for wider publication here.

In our March issue Zygon returns to quantum physics as Carl Helrich and philosopher-theologian Timothy Sansbury present their own views on the issue. With Helrich suggesting that thinking from the perspective of reversible molecular trajectories must be abandoned in favor of interconnected complex systems, which are time irreversible. While Sansbury feels that quantum mechanics does not ultimately solve the theological problem that it proposes to resolve, that of divine action in the world, and that other areas—time and creation—need to be addressed before returning to the subject.


Quantum Reality and the Consciousness of the Universe

Schäfer, Lothar. 2006. “Quantum Reality, the Emergence of Complex Order from Virtual States, and the Importance of Consciousness in the Universe.” Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science 41 (September): 505-31.

Laszlo, Ervin. 2006. “Quantum and Consciousness: In Search of a New Paradigm.” Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science 41 (September): 533-41.

Helrich, Carl S. 2006. “On the Limitations and Promise of Quantum Theory for Comprehension of Human Knowledge and Consciousness.” Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science 41 (September): 543-66.

Schäfer, Lothar. 2006. “A Response to Ervin Laszlo: Quantum and Consciousness.” Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science 41 (September): 567-72.

———. 2006. “A Response to Carl Helrich: The Limitations and Promise of Quantum Theory.” Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science 41 (September): 573-82.

———. “A Response to Ervin Laszlo: Stanley Klein: A Dialogue on the Relevance of Quantum Theory to Religion.” Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science 41 (September): 583-91.


Einstein, God, and Time

Brooke, John Hedley. 2006. “‘If I Were God’: Einstein and Religion.” Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science 41 (December): 941-54.

Jackelén, Antje. 2006. “A Relativistic Eschatology: Time, Eternity, and Eschatology in Light of the Physics of Relativity.” Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science 41 (December): 955-74.

Polkinghorne, John. 2006. “Space, Time, and Causality.” Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science 41 (December): 975-84.


More Reflections on Physics

Helrich, Carl S. 2007. “Is There a Basis for Teleology in Physics?” Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science 41 (March): 97-110.

Sansbury, Timothy. 2007. “The False Promise of Quantum Mechanics.” Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science 41 (March): 111-121.


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initially prepared January 25, 2007

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