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Volume 26, Issue 3
September 1991
Pages 359–372

TIME, THERMODYNAMICS, AND THEOLOGY
George L. Murphy

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An earlier version of this paper was presented at the Theology/Science Consultation, sponsored by the
Center of Theological Inquiry and the Templeton Foundation, in Burlingame, California, 14–16 October
1988.

Abstract
Keywords: A theological approach to understanding time and change in a modern way must
consider the relationships between thermal physics and time as elucidated during the past
century and a half. The fact of temporal change, including death and decay, has been a
religious problem since antiquity, so that some traditions have simply attempted to transcend
the world of change. However, a major current of the Christian tradition has seen change as a
fundamental aspect of God's creation, and one with which God becomes identified in the
Incarnation. This implies approval of history, as having an ultimate value, rather than
transcendence of it.

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Zygon® .1991 . drawing attention to such phenomena as the enhancement of chemical reaction rates and the formation of “dissipative structures” in nonequilibrium situations. and several implications of this law are discussed.1467-9744.1991. though not predictions. the Body of Christ is seen as the future of evolution-an “ultimate dissipative structure” in which the world of time and change is united with God.com/doi/10. Page 2 of 3 We examine thermodynamics.. however.wiley. CONTRIBUTIONS OF TIPLER'S OMEGA POINT THEORY Frank T. Murphy September 1994 A Search for the Body: Is there Space for Christ's Body in Pannenberg's Eschatology? JOHN McCLEAN 24 May 2011 http://onlinelibrary. Continue reading full article Related content Articles related to the one you are viewing The articles below have been selected for you based on the article you are currently viewing. Suffering. in order to understand more precisely the issues of temporal change. is the work of Prigogine and others on nonequilibrium thermodynamics. death. Within this framework it is therefore possible to believe that the material world of history may be part of the eschatological future and that science provides hints.Murphy .1111/j. Of particular significance.TIME.x/abstract 05-Aug-17 . and especially its Second Law. Such possibilities may be of considerable importance for understanding chemical and biological evolution. The Second Law states a universal tendency toward increasing disorder..Wiley .tb00824. AND THEOLOGY . and decay receive their meaning from the future. These ideas can be included in an evolutionary picture in which. following Teilhard de Chardin. Birtel June 1995 ENERGY AND THE GENERATION OF THE WORLD George L. THERMODYNAMICS. of how that may happen.

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