By the Waters of Naturalism

Theology Perplexed Among the Sciences

By Andrew P. Porter

By the Waters of Naturalism

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  • ISBN: 9781579107703
  • Pages: 147
  • Publication Date: 10/11/2001
  • Retail Price: $20.00
Web Price: $16.00
Web Price: $16.00

By the Waters of Naturalism

Theology Perplexed Among the Sciences

By Andrew P. Porter

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  • ISBN: 9781579107703
  • Pages: 147
  • Publication Date: 10/11/2001
  • Retail Price: $20.00
Web Price: $16.00

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We are taught by our culture to think that for God to act, he has to interfere with the natural course of events in one way or another,
perhaps through the openings left by quantum indeterminacy. The argument of this book is that the pertinent concepts in religion don't work that way. When the naive concept of divine interference is examined closely, it quickly shows itself to be incoherent and incapable of doing the work assigned to it.

If we look at the language of human action in real life, what we find is not nature but history. The supernatural is just naturalism by other means; the real alternative to nature is history. The God of history has a power and majesty that goes quite beyond anything that the naturalists have offered us.

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Andrew P. Porter

Bio(s)-

Andrew Porter is an adjunct instructor in the Graduate Theological Union, in Berkeley, CA, and an occasional consultant in physics at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

After a dissertation in computational physics at the University of California, Davis, he went on to a second doctorate in philosophical theology and hermeneutics in the Graduate Theological Union.

His theological interests are in H. Richard Niebuhr, Martin Heidegger, philosophy of religion, and of course the differences between history and nature.

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