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Physics, Metaphysics and Theology - Rev Dr Stephen Ames

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Physics, Metaphysics and Theology

Physics and Metaphysics: 10.00am-11.50am
Metaphysics and Theology: 12.00pm-1.50pm
Each session is self-standing.

10.00am session: From Physics to Metaphysics, one way or another
In this presentation, Dr Ames looks at what is involved in moving from physics – what science tells us about physical reality – to metaphysics – a credible understanding of the nature of reality itself. Paul Davies and Roy Frieden are the central physicists Dr Ames engages with in this enterprise. Dr Ames finds that the natural sciences do not allow us to adequately understand reality, though physical reality could not be understandable without God. This is a logical argument grounded in Frieden’s physics that has nothing to do with Intelligent Design, Anthropic principles, Fine Tuning, nor the old argument from design etc.

12.00pm session: Theology and Metaphysics
The prevailing metaphysical assumptions of our modern scientific culture are grounded in methodological atheism. That is, we think of reality without any reference to God. This, actually, is a theology that shapes many features of the way we live. Appealing to the work of Bernard Lonergan and John Milbank, Dr Ames argues that any set of metaphysical assumptions is also a theology which shapes the way we live. There are no sharp lines separating metaphysics from theology and from the way we live. This means that we need a theology/metaphysical/way-of-life that reflects our actual experience of value and worth, a task an assumed methodological atheism simply cannot perform.

Rev Dr Stephen Ames
Rev Dr Stephen Ames is an Anglican priest who has a doctorate in Physics, a second doctorate in the Philosophy of Science, and a Bachelor of Divinity degree (Hons). Dr Ames is a canon of St Paul's Cathedral Melbourne where, amongst other things, he runs their science week program. He is an honorary Fellow in the School of Historical Philosophical Studies at The University of Melbourne and lectures there in the History and Philosophy of Science Programme. He is also an honorary Research Fellow at the University of Divinity (Melbourne).

A light lunch will be served at the commencement of the second seminar from 12.00pm.

Car parking is available at the College. Enter via gate 4 on Sir William MacGregor Drive and park on the grassed area.

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