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Divine Space: Odd, Interesting or Heretical?

1:00pm-1:10pm on Sunday 28 March

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Space is one of the oddest things in reality. It is seemingly infinite, invisible, omnipresent, and can interact with matter without necessarily being reducible to it. Yet are these attributes not usually ascribed to God?

The 17th Century Christian Platonist Henry More argued that God simply was space. This view—in an arguably altered form—was highly influential on Isaac Newton, and thereby provided the metaphysical and theological foundations for the new physics. Of course, this divine space was soon secularized into the aether and then relativized by Einstein. Yet a number of recent philosophers—including Richard Swinburne, William Lane Craig, and John Lucas—have argued that a metaphysical space and time can be made consistent with relativity, allowing the possibility of divine space to be explored anew.

What if God is space; what if God is literally that in which we live, and move, and have our being? Would this be pantheism (i.e., merging God and matter) or precisely a way to avoid pantheism, for space is not matter but rather the container of matter? Come and find out if divine space is odd, interesting, or heretical.

Jonathan Lyonhart is a philosopher, theologian, author, and ordained minister, and PhD student at the Faculty of Divinity. This talk is part of the Quick Bites // Religion and Theology at Lunchtime series.

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Age: Young Adults 12 – 18, Adults
Timing: Live Stream, Available on Demand
Cost: Free
Theme: Explore, Society

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