On Quantum Gravity, Quantum Mechanics, and Christianity: Science and Religion in Context
I would suggest the following five questions:
- How will Quantum gravity explain fine-tuning?
- How will Quantum gravity explain the appearance of Design even in areas totally unrelated to evolution (e.g. inorganic patterns)?
- How will Quantum gravity explain the Historical Jesus?
- How will Quantum gravity explain the richness and complexity of human emotion?
- How will Quantum gravity explain the mind and consciousness?
Here is a basic misunderstanding: explanations of mechanism do not explain away explanations of agency. The science of the combustion engine doesn’t disprove the existence of Henry Ford. In fact, the existence of the combustion engine calls for the need to understand who Henry Ford was and his impact on culture, history, and society.
Not to mention, materialist accounts of the universe don’t exclude non-materialist accounts, especially in relation to Christianity.
We experience spiritual reality every day. Our choice between Good and Evil is a daily experience of spiritual reality. Our daily emotional tug between Good and Evil is a regular and ongoing experience of spiritual reality, whether we acknowledge it or not.
Its also worth noting that Max Plank, whose institute is doing much of this research and who is one of the foundations of Quantum Mechanics in the first place was a believer in God, albeit a more deist one, along with many other founders of Quantum Mechanics:
All matter originates and exists only by virtue of a force… We must assume behind this force the existence of a conscious and intelligent Mind. This Mind is the matrix of all matter.
In his major book Where Is Science Going? (1932) Planck pointed out:
“There can never be any real opposition between religion and science; for the one is the complement of the other. Every serious and reflective person realizes, I think, that the religious element in his nature must be recognized and cultivated if all the powers of the human soul are to act together in perfect balance and harmony. And indeed it was not by accident that the greatest thinkers of all ages were deeply religious souls.” (Planck 1977, 168).
- Max Plank (link)