A fun read, actually. Thank you!
A fun read, actually. Thank you! I am reminded of Voltaire, who remarked, "If God created us in his image, we have really paid him back." ("Si Dieu nous a fait à son image, nous le lui avons bien rendu.".) I sure as hell don't want to be uploaded! To do what? I mean, if it is to do something, like pilot a starship, well then, ok. Maybe. Otherwise I'll just take my chances.
Really excellent, Tim.
Really excellent, Tim. I am heartened that someone with a grasp of quantum physics (unwraps) also reads Aquinas. In my study of his works, I come across startling insights as well as really quaint notions. But on the whole his synthesis of prior thinkers is eclectic, interreligious, and yet transparent and humble. His method is quite modern: ask a question, study others' answers including contradictions, and say what you think.
You ignore the history of science.
You ignore the history of science. Goes back much further than the 17th century. And it really took off when theologians like Isaac Newton posited that one cannot understand any phenomenon by saying God made it that way. That may be true, but by itself it explains nothing.
My late wife used to teach French people English by saying that they already knew some English.
My late wife used to teach French people English by saying that they already knew some English. They were perplexed until she explained that 40-50% of English derives from French. The Norman invasion was the best thing that ever happened linguistically to English. Before its grammar was as complex as Icelandic. That got vastly simplified. Also English speakers learned to borrow words easily, not only from French but eventually other languages. For instance, "amok" as in "to run amok" comes from Japanese...
Science isn't theology.
Science isn't theology. Theology isn't science. One does not use science to prove or disprove the reality of God. Theology doesn't prove or disprove any scientific theory. However, the scientific method as we know it was devised in the 17th century by Christians, who reasoned that to explain any phenomenon, saying God made it that way was no explanation.