“Science and Atheism” (SB 3.18.5)

Alachua - Summer 1996 / (034)

Thompson argues that deterministic chaos, popularly known as “the butterfly effect,” undermines Laplace’s model for the stability of the solar system. He then discusses how the majority of natural philosophers credited with establishing Western science during the 17th century considered divine intervention integral to maintaining order in the universe, since they also considered cosmological mechanisms to be inherently unstable.