Re: Web Page Nonlinear dynamics

Rodney Dunning (
Fri, 21 Feb 1997 13:14:05 -0500 (EST)

On Fri, 21 Feb 1997, Murphy wrote:

> Traditional Christian views of providence would state the
> matter something like this: God causes the planets to orbit the sun by
> working with aspects of the world (in our current understanding,
> space-time curvature) which obey rational laws (Einstein's equations)
> which God has chosen. The question "does God or gravitation make the
> planets orbit the sun" is like asking "Did Booth or a bullet kill
> Lincoln?"

I can see the parallel up to a point: Booth couldn't interact with his
bullet once he fired it. How strong is your analogy? Can God do anything
about gravity?

Rodney Dunning
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