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Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Rajkumar Ambrose Writes

Rajkumar Ambrose, a physics professor at Monmouth College in Illinois, where he teaches a course called "Cosmology and Creation," shares his opinion on science and religion's common ground in USA Today. To show how modern science might help us to better understand theological concepts, Ambrose draws on the Heisenberg uncertainty principle, a tenet of quantum mechanics that says we can't know with precision both the position and velocity of a particle (if we determine exactly where a particle is, we can't discover how fast it's going or what direction it's traveling; if we determine its velocity, we can't know its exact position). According to Ambrose, who references Syracuse University philosopher William Alston, "God's acts can be explained through quantum indeterminism. The mighty acts of God may begin at the subatomic level but make a big difference at the macroscopic state." —Heather Wax