Naturwissenschaft und Christentum – Ralf Bergmann im Interview | Grenzen des Wissens

Interview anlässlich der Gastvorlesung zum Thema ”Gott und die Erklärung der Welt“ (30 min) am 1.7.2019 an der Universität Konstanz durch Prof. Ganteför (Fachbereich Physik).

Gott und die Erklärung der Welt – Ralf Bergmann im Interview | Christen in Bremen

Interview über das Buch “Gott und die Erklärung der Welt” (26 min) am 31.07.2019 durch Guntmar Rüd (Christen in Bremen).

Causal Closure, Laws of Nature and Divine Action – Ralf Bergmann (IAP Conference 2017)

The possibility of divine action is sometimes denied on the basis of the principle of causal closure. This view rests, however, on a misconception of the laws of nature and of physical processes. The talk discusses causal interactions first in the context of a deterministic clockwork-universe. It then introduces the role of laws of nature and of equations of motion. It is easily demonstrated, that laws do not suffice to describe physical processes but that further conditions need to be defined in order to derive equations of motion. Deterministic chaos and quantum mechanics in combination with the vast net of processes in the real world finally make an end to the concept of a clockwork-universe. Further, energy conservation is often seen as a major obstacle to divine action. However, a careful analysis shows that this argument is flawed. The talk finally discusses how divine action may proceed and under which conditions divine action may be identified. (Duration 60 min, given 14. 9. 2017 at the Templeton-Conference “Causality, Free Will, Divine Action” in Vienna.)

Obstacles and Opportunities for Christian Faith in a Post-Christian Europe – Ralf Bergmann

In a post-Christian Europe we face a twofold challenge of intellectual and emotional deception: The first creates a false alternative between a pseudo-scientific world view and the Christian faith while the second creates a false alternative between a so called progressive mind set opposed to an apparently suppressive, fearful and out dated Christianity. Even many Christians are emotionally and mentally immobilized by adopting secular world views while they try at the same time to argue the case for Christianity within the mental paths determined by these views. The challenge is therefore to understand the principals of the underlying dominant world view and overcome a misleading mindset as well as the corresponding emotional obstacles to confidently express a Christian world view. (Duration 45 min, given 19.5.2019 at the European Leadership Forum 2019 in Wisla, Poland.)