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Interruption in a different direction

Ok, I know last week I introduced a series on Creation ex nihilo for Science and Religion Fridays, but it’s been a busy week and I hadn’t given it the full measure of my attention as of writing this. So instead, I’m going to just mention that I have a peer reviewed article that is available online (and as of today available in hard copy to subscribers) in the area of science and religion. It is from one of the foremost publications in this field, Zygon, but, unless you have a subscription (not very likely), you can only access it (online or otherwise) through a subscribing institution, most likely a university. That is, of course, if you’re interested as it is a fairly technical article.

Anyway the link is here with the abstract underneath:

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1467-9744.2012.01318.x/abstract

Abstract:

This paper will examine the implications of an extended “field theory of information,” suggested by Wolfhart Pannenberg, specifically in the Christian understanding of creation. The paper argues that the Holy Spirit created the world as field, a concept from physics, and the creation is directed by the logos utilizing information. Taking into account more recent developments of information theory, the essay further suggests that present creation has a causal impact upon the information utilized in creation. In order to adequately address Pannenberg’s hypothesis that the logos utilizes information at creation the essay will also include an introductory examination of Pannenberg’s Christology which shifts from a strict “from below” Christology, to a more open “third way” of doing Christology beyond “above” and “below.” The essay concludes with a brief section relating the implications of an extended “field theory of information” to creative inspiration, as well as parallels with human inspiration.

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