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Title: An appraisal of the interpretation of Einsteinian physics in T.F. Torrance's scientific theology
Author: Wong, Wing-Hong
Awarding Body: University of Aberdeen
Current Institution: University of Aberdeen
Date of Award: 1994
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Abstract:
In the introductory chapter (chapter 1) of this thesis, through a survey of literature it is demonstrated that a major, systematic, and detailed appraisal of the interpretation of natural science, especially Einsteinian physics, in T.F. Torrance's programme of scientific theology is really overdue. In chapter 2, the basic themes of scientific theology, especially those which are more pertinent to Torrance's interpretation of Einstein's physics, are surveyed. In chapter 3, the themes which are specifically relevant to his interpretation of the implications of Einsteinian physics for systematic theology are reviewed. In chapters 4-7, the strengths and weaknesses of the interpretation of Einstein's physics in Torrance's scientific theology are appraised in six major areas. It is found that, in the six key areas of interpretation of Einsteinian physics, Torrance's interpretation was partly correct in one area (the geometry analogy), partly correct in two areas (the invariance analogy, relativity theory and the nature of space), and fundamentally wrong in three areas (relativity theory and the magnitude of space, determinism and relativity theory, determinism and Einstein's critique of quantum theory). The theological implications of these appraisive results are: in the six major areas of integration of Einstein's physics with systematic theology in his scientific theology, Torrance's integration was successful in one area (the geometry analogy), partially successful in two areas (the invariance analogy, relativity theory and the nature of space), and unsuccessful in three areas (relativity theory and the magnitude of space, determinism and relativity theory, determinism and Einstein's critique of quantum theory). The contribution of the thesis is discussed, and suggestions for further research on Torrance's scientific theology are made, in the concluding chapter (chapter 8).
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID: uk.bl.ethos.261344  DOI: Not available
Keywords: Philosophy Philosophy Religion Physics
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