Julian Long, in an overly complimentary note on his blog, raises among other things, a question about a point that I’ve made here on Entangled States and recently restated in my most recent essay on Episcopal Cafe.
” As a now-superannuated English prof, I’ve always been convinced that physicists really do know more than the rest of us. Still, I’m not sure that uncertainty in physics and epistemological uncertainty have the same basis, though I accept them both as facts. I’m working on some thoughts about some of the Pope’s teaching statements, and I’ll publish them in a bit.”
Read the rest of Julian’s post here.
In other words Julian is asking a basic question of any one who tries to connect the insights of modern physics and theology (and/or philosophy); “Should an understanding of the nature of reality in one field have to be accepted in another?”
The short is answer is that I believe they need to be. There’s a pragmatic reason for this answer – and that is that I don’t believe the Church is well served when it decides to live in an intellectual closed compound (ghetto). I think the same holds true for other disciplines as well.
But my answer comes from an examination of the implications of deciding otherwise. A real convincing answer has still not been found, though the Pope’s point, which I agree with him about btw, is that there is an answer, and it is “yes.”
I’m planning on unpacking the next to previous paragraph in my next Daily Episcopalian Essay. So stay tuned. You can argue with me (and I hope you will) then.