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978-1-7936-4519-7 • Hardback • February 2023 • $90.00 • (£69.00)
978-1-7936-4520-3 • eBook • January 2023 • $45.00 • (£35.00)
Mark Ellingsen professor on the faculty of the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, GA, is the author of 26 books.
Introduction: Life in a Topsy-Turvy World
Chapter One: Introduction to Quantum Mechanics
Chapter Two: The Waves of Life Are Always Emerging and Interfering: Implications of Quantum Theory and the Principle of Uncertainty for Philosophical Cosmology and Everyday Life
Chapter Three: Finding and Doing Good Amidst the Waves: Implications of Quantum Theory for Ethics
Chapter Four: Is There Space for God and Faith in a Cosmology of Waves? Introducing Complementarity
Chapter Five: God’s Role in the Waves of Life
Chapter Six: How Quantum Insights and Faith Help Us Ride the Waves
Conclusion: Enjoy the Waves!
About the Author
This book is a conversation for our times entailing a perspective that enables us to think in new ways about God using the observations and tools of Quantum Physics. Mark Ellingsen visualizes life as a series of waves and that out of Quantum Physics entails an understanding that all matter, and all life is interconnected. Given this perspective, God, a God in process, is involved in holding together matter and life, like matter, is full of a series of waves. This conversation is congruent with current questions and experiences of people of faith.— Everett Flanigan, PhD, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, retired administrative dean, Lutheran Theological Center in Atlanta
Reader, do not be fooled, this book does not try to use physics to prove faith or even to try to create a compatibilism for Physics and Faith; rather a much more interesting project is accomplished by Ellingsen. This important book helps readers think through what contemporary physicists propose as the best paradigm for understanding the smallest particles of reality and then uses the principles of that paradigm as a helpful allegory for the life of faith. Readers will find themselves learning both physics and theology as they explore with Ellingsen this dialogue between the worldview that emerges out of Quantum Physics and faith, a dialogue that Ellingsen concludes with a picture that 'entails that life is full of waves and change.'— Jennifer Hockenberry, St Norbert College