“God and the Multiverse” EPS 2012 Paper

by Max Andrews

David Beck and I recently presented a paper on God and the multiverse at the annual Evangelical Philosophical Society conference in Milwaukee, WI on November 14, 2012. In this paper we argue that if a multiverse exists then it is harmonious with theism. Not only do we argue that it’s compatible with theism but we develop a distinctly Christian approach to it. We trace the idea of many worlds back to the pre-Socratics, which contributed to a theistic framework. We use Thomas Aquinas, Leibniz, Kant, Clement of Alexandria, Origen, and others to create a Christian model of modal realism. We have called our model “Thomistic Modal Realism.” We plan on explicating the paper and submitting it for publication soon. Please feel free to comment and leave feedback in the comment section. Any and all appropriate/substantive feedback will help us strengthen our model.

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2 Comments to ““God and the Multiverse” EPS 2012 Paper”

  1. Sounds like a very interesting paper! My first thought, though, is that on David Lewis’s modal realism (with counterparts and no world indexed properties) it seems to be impossible to have a necessary being in the traditional sense. God himself would be unable to exist in more than one world, although he might have counterparts in all possible worlds. But does having counterparts really capture what theists mean when we say God is necessary? Perhaps you can jettison that aspect of Lewis’s view and keep some other elements that make sense of a multiverse. But perhaps not? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

  2. If you haven’t done so already, perhaps you can let some thomist bloggers know about the paper, and maybe they can promote it to their readers. Ed Feser’s blog and Just Thomism come to mind.

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