Design and Disorder
The concept of a divine design has traditionally been based on the assumption of a world order. If there is order in creation, this proves there is a God* if disorder, then no God. Or so it has been assumed...
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The concept of a divine design has traditionally been based on the assumption of a world order. If there is order in creation, this proves there is a God* if disorder, then no God. Or so it has been assumed by design proponents as well as their critics. This volume questions the picture. The sciences of complexity show how nature abounds with fluid and semi-stable patterns which are essential for the emergence and further propagation of evolutionary order. Order and disorder seem to wander together. The fact that fundamental physics, chemistry and mathematics appear as if tuned for the emergence and harbouring of life, for the support and channelling of the evolutionary processes of creation and selection, continues to trigger religious awe and reflection. It is also argued that a Christian theology has the potential of affirming instability and transient orders as part of the grandeur of creation. Authors of the essays in this work include prominent voices from the secular, the Protestant, the Catholic and the Orthodox traditions.
Leading international scientists and theologians debate the traditional assumption that design in creation means there is a God and that disorder in creation means there is no God.
Niels Henrik Gregersen is Professor of Systematic Theology and Co-Director of the Centre of Naturalism and Christian Semantics, both at the University of Copenhagen. He has won several international research awards, including one from the John Templeton Foundation for work on the constructive interface between science and religion.
Gorman is Associate Professor in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at Lund University, Sweden.
- How Chaos Co-exists With Order, John D. Barrow; Revisiting Darwin On Order And Design, John Hedley Brooke; Beyond The Balance - Theology In A Self-organizing World, Niels Henrik Gregersen; Landscape Of Human Discourse, John C. Puddefoot; Science And Religion: Beyond Complementarity? Isabelle Stengers; On Finality In Creation Theology, Christoph Theobald; Design In The Universe And The Logos Of Creation - Patristic Synthesis And Modern Cosmology, Alexei V. Nesteruk; Disorder And The Ambitions Of "science And Theology" - Ten Theses, Willem B. Drees.