"He who descended is himself also he who ascended" - exploring the identity of the Son of God in light of quantum holism

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Lawson, F. 2016. "He who descended is himself also he who ascended" - exploring the identity of the Son of God in light of quantum holism. in: Spurway, N. and Hickman, L. (ed.) Forty Years of Science and Religion Cambridge Scholars Publishing. pp. 179-186
AuthorsLawson, F.
EditorsSpurway, N. and Hickman, L.
Abstract

Modern science has a long history of being associated with reductionism, or the belief that the sum is simply the totality of its parts. Likewise much discussion of the Incarnation has revolved around understanding how the various parts: human body, human soul, Son of God come together to form a unified whole that is the Son of God incarnate and avoids both Nestorianism and Docetism. However contemporary science, in particular quantum theory, goes against the grain and embraces to a greater or lesser extent a form of holism. Holism states that the sum is something more than its parts and as such provides an alternative to many of the reductionist accounts of the metaphysics of Incarnation. I will argue that the holistic nature of reality posited by quantum theory provides opportunity for developing a new understanding of how the Son of God’s identity may be maintained from pre-incarnate to incarnate to ascended existence. In opening this dialogue we are able to examine God as a genuine feature of reality in light of our most fundamental understanding of that reality.

Page range179-186
Year2016
Book titleForty Years of Science and Religion
PublisherCambridge Scholars Publishing
Output statusPublished
ISBN9781443894616
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Print01 Aug 2016
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Deposited20 Dec 2018
Official URLhttps://www.cambridgescholars.com/forty-years-of-science-and-religion
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