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The Conflict of Chaos Theory with the Theological Beliefs

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The scriptures of Christian doctrine have provided mankind with the knowledge that ‘ scripture plays a pivotal role in the origins and warrants of Christian Doctrines’ (Heck, 2007). The canons of scriptures lay the foundation of the Christian preaching that has established God as the creator of all things and which work under the divine orders, following a definite pattern, irrespective of external factors or conditions. The Christian doctrine was basically promoted to inculcate a life of faith where people could find solace in sorrow. The doctrine also helped to inculcate a sense of fear in the event of wrong doing thus facilitating the formation of societies and evolving traditions that provided the guideline for co-existing in peace and harmony.

The dogmatic approach to old Christian doctrine is not very popular in the fast advancing scientific era. The scientists and philosophers have debated that despite the knowledge of the intricate working of DNA and gnomes etc. , the evolutionary theory exhibits phenomena of the unpredictability of the outcome. A new approach towards theological beliefs has incorporated the paradigm shift that the new scientific knowledge has made available.

Scholars of theology and Biblical studies have made efforts to explain the natural phenomena in relation to scientific context. The wide implications of the theory of chaos have found refreshing interpretation in the area of theology. ‘ The strange attractor and scaling aspects of chaos theory suggest that while one cannot predict with certainty what a person will decide on a particular matter, one can say that the global pattern (salvation history) will be the same. Our path then is freely determined, but while decisions may perturb the path somewhat, the boundaries of the attractor are stable’ (Rev.

Gray, 1997). John Jefferson Davis has interpreted this by saying that ‘ From a Christian perspective, such an encounter with the limits inherent in the nature of the physical realm should remind man of the fundamental distinction between an infinite Creator and a finite and limited creation, including man.

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