Friday, 14 August 2015

You’ll Never Guess What’s in the Latest Edition of Zygon!

Well, guess no more! The latest edition of Zygon (50:3) contains some interesting-looking articles, including:

Joshua Schooping, ‘Touching the Mind of God: Patristic Christian Thought on the Nature of Matter’
This paper seeks to examine the nature of matter from an Orthodox Christian patristic perspective, specifically that of St. Gregory of Nyssa, and compare this with David Bohm’s concept of wholeness and the implicate order. By examining the ramifications of the doctrine of creation ex nihilo, the basic nature of matter as being rooted in the mind of God reveals itself, and furthermore shows that certain conceptions of quantum physics can provide language with which to give voice to this ancient view.

Josh Reeves, ‘The Secularization of Chance: Toward Understanding the Impact of the Probability Revolution on Christian Belief in Divine Providence’
This article gives a brief history of chance in the Christian tradition, from casting lots in the Hebrew Bible to the discovery of laws of chance in the modern period. I first discuss the deep-seated skepticism towards chance in Christian thought, as shown in the work of Augustine, Aquinas, and Calvin. The article then describes the revolution in our understanding of chance—when contemporary concepts such as probability and risk emerged—that occurred a century after Calvin. The modern ability to quantify chance has transformed ideas about the universe and human nature, separating Christians today from their predecessors, but has received little attention by Christian historians and theologians.

Gary Keogh, ‘The Significance of Evitability in Nature’
Assessing the current situation of the religion–science dialogue, it seems that a consensus of nonconsensus has been reached. This nonconsensus provides a pluralistic context for the religion and science dialogue, and one area where this plurality is clear is the discourse on relational models of God and creation. A number of interesting models have gained attention in contemporary theological dialogue with science, yet there is an overriding theme: an emphasis on God's involvement with the world. In this article, I argue that theology has been preoccupied with this emphasis. It is suggested that the theme of the freedom of nature has been underrepresented. This theme of the freedom of nature I argue carries important theological implications. It is suggested that acts or events gain their significance largely by way of being contextualized by the fact that such acts or events could have been otherwise, a realization that might provide the various relational models of God and the world food for thought.

William B. Drees’s editorial, ‘Publishing in a Changing World’, also gives some insights into the mysterious world of academic publishing.


  1. The burning question for me is, is the journal / organisation Zygon named after the Doctor Who monster, or vice versa?

    1. You know, I can't think of a pithy and/or witty comment to respond to your important question . . .

    2. Well, apparently the journal/organisation was founded in 1966 and the monster didn't appear till 1975, so perhaps the creators of Dr Who were secret fans of scholarly science-theology literature.

      I somehow missed the image in your original post (maybe didn't come through in the email) or I might not have asked the obvious question...