Modern Physics and Ancient Faith

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Modern Physics and Ancient Faith (2003) is a book by Stephen M. Barr, a physicist from the University of Delaware[1] and frequent contributor to First Things. This book is "an extended attack" on what Barr calls scientific materialism. National Review says of the book: "[A] lucid and engaging survey of modern physics and its relation to religious belief. . . . Barr has produced a stunning tour de force . . . [a] scientific and philosophical breakthrough."[2]


The book is divided into five parts spanning 26 chapters. The main religious and philosophical themes include determinism, mind as a machine, anthropic principle, and the big bang theory.[3] Its main thesis is that science and religion only appear in conflict because many have "conflated science with philosophical materialism."


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  1. ^ * James F. Salmon. Theological Studies March 2005 v66 i1 p207-209
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  3. ^ Stephen P. Weldon. Isis, December 2004, volume 95 issue 4, p. 742-743

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