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Backward time travel and its relevance for theological study: An explorative literature study based on physics, philosophy, counterfactual thinking and theology
University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies.
2011 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This paper explores the possibility and relevance of theological study of backward time travel and its consequences. An examination of current research on backward time travel reveals a number of interdisciplinary topics which are not handled within physics. Some of these topics, mainly concerning free will and determination, are of interest to philosophers, whereas topics such as meaning and responsibility are left aside.   In theology, there is a general dismissal of the idea of backward time travel. This study claims that this negative stance may be the result of taking science and its methods too seriously. The result of the study is that the interdisciplinary questions connected to backward time travel makes the subject very relevant for theological reflection. Thought experiments on backward time travel can provide valuable insights on how we deal with our lives, our world, time, and God today.  

Abstract [sv]

Denna explorativa studie utforskar möjligheten och relevansen av teologiska studier av tidsresor till det förflutna och deras konsekvenser. En undersökning av det aktuella forskningsläget visar på förekomsten av interdisciplinära frågeställningar som inte hanteras inom fysiken. Vissa frågor, framförallt knutna till den fria viljan och determinism, intresserar filosofer, medan andra områden som mening och ansvar inte behandlas vidare. Teologer ställer sig generellt negativa till tanken på resor till det förflutna. Denna studie hävdar att denna negativa inställning kan vara resultatet av en alltför stark respekt för vetenskapens fynd och metoder.  Resultatet av studien är att de interdisciplinära frågeställningar som är kopplade till tidsresor till det förflutna gör ämnet högst lämpligt för teologisk begrundan. Tankeexperiment kring ämnet kan ge värdefulla insikter om hur vi hanterar våra liv, vår värld, tiden och Gud idag.  

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2011. , 37 p.
Keyword [en]
backward time travel, science-and-religion, physics, theology, relativity theory, logical paradoxes, thought experiment, counterfactual thinking, post hoc prayer, meaning, co-creation, responsibility, memory, relation, process theology, God
Keyword [sv]
tidsresor, vetenskap-och-religion, fysik, teologi, relativitetsteori, logiska paradoxer, tankeexperiment, kontrafaktiskt tänkande, post hoc bön, mening, medskapande, ansvar, minne, relation, processteologi, Gud
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Subatomic Physics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-8533Archive number: HRV:E11:1OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-8533DiVA: diva2:401672
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Religious studies
Uppsok
Humanities, Theology
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Available from: 2012-05-15 Created: 2011-03-03 Last updated: 2012-10-23Bibliographically approved

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