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The Entangled Trinity: Quantum Physics and Theology

The Entangled Trinity: Quantum Physics and Theology

The Doctrine of the Trinity is an exercise in wonder. It is drawn from the wonder of our own existence and the diverse experiences of the divine encountered by the early Christian community. From the earliest days of Christianity, theologians of the church have drawn upon the most sophisticated language and understandings of their time in an attempt to clarify and express that faith.

But how should we attempt to articulate that faith today? In this volume, Ernest Simmons engages precisely that question by asking what the current scientific understanding of the natural world might contribute to our reflection upon the relationship of God and the world in a Triune fashion.
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  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9780800697860
  • eBook ISBN 9781451438574
  • Dimensions 6 x 9
  • Pages 160
  • Publication Date February 1, 2014


These pages interweave the mystery of the God who is Three in One with the mysterious new insights from quantum physics. In Simmons’ hands, ‘entangled’ quantum particles help express the beautiful insight that God has chosen to entangle the divine life with ours. Physicists, theologians, and believers alike are all invited into this vision of a God who works in and through the energies of this natural world without being reduced to them.”
—Philip Clayton,
Claremont School of Theology

"A beautifully clear and well-informed exploration of the relation between science and religion in general, and between quantum physics and Christian theology in particular, in dialogue with a gallery of historical and contemporary authors—with user-friendly features such as key terms and discussion questions."
—Ian G. Barbour
Carleton College

"It takes theological courage to argue that the immanent Trinity exists in simultaneous superposition with the economic Trinity and evolves within the entangled life of God with creation. Ernest Simmons has a courage I admire. This book courageously brings Christian faith and quantum physics into creative mutual interaction. Get ready for an unforgettable adventure!"
—Ted Peters
Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary
"Writing from the richly inter-disciplinary world, Ernest Simmons draws creatively on the physics of quantum mechanics to illumine the foundational Christian doctrine of the Trinity. In clear and often vivid language he appropriates the wealth of the biblical and historical roots of the doctrine and metaphorically engages such scientific notions as relational holism and quantum indeterminacy to illumine God's dynamic inter-relatedness and fecundity in creation, incarnation, and sanctification. This volume is a beautiful gift to pastors, theological students, and all people of faith seeking to commend Christian claims in a contemporary world valuing scientific views."
—Paul R. Sponheim
Luther Seminary