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Title: The Multiverse: Separate Worlds, Branching, or Hyperspace? And What Implications Are There for Theism?
Contributor(s): Forrest, Peter  (author)
Publication Date: 2015
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Abstract: My purpose is to compare three basic versions of multiverse, that is, the many 'worlds', theory: Separate Worlds, Branching, and Hyperspace. There is, in addition, a variant on Branching, the Lattice Universe, as well as mixed theories. I shall reject Separate Worlds even though I assimilate merely possible worlds to those of Multiverse. The choice between Branching and Hyperspace is not so straightforward, although I judge that Hyperspace is to be preferred by theists. I then examine the consequences for theism, arguing that Hyperspace coheres better with theism than its rivals. In addition, Hyperspace supports the existence of something physical prior to God's act of creation, which I identify with the divine body. This 'something' could be described pretheoretically as without structure and indeterminate (the 'apeiron').
Publication Type: Book Chapter
Source of Publication: God and the Multiverse: Scientific, Philosophical, and Theological Perspectives, p. 61-91
Publisher: Routledge
Place of Publication: London, United Kingdom
ISBN: 9781317656586
Field of Research (FOR): 220315 Philosophy of Religion
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
HERDC Category Description: B1 Chapter in a Scholarly Book
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Series Name: Routledge Studies in the Philosophy of Religion
Series Number : 10
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