Laws of Physics and Theology

A quote from Paul Davies, Universe from Bit in Information and the Nature of Reality: From Physics to Metaphysics (suggested by Wendy Wheeler on biosemiotics list)

‘It is remarkable that this view [the orthodox concept of laws of physics derives directly from theology] has remained largely unchallenged after 300 years of secular science. Indeed, the “theological model” of the laws of physics is so ingrained in scientific thinking that it is taken for granted. The hidden assumptions behind the concept of physical laws, and their theological provenance, are simply ignored by almost all except historians of science and theologians. From the scientific standpoint, however, this uncritical acceptance of the theological model of laws leaves a lot to be desired’. (p.71)


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