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Frontiers between physics, metaphysics and theology

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On the constant movement of frontiers between physics, metaphysics and theology

seminar from group Science, Reason and Faith.
Grzegorz P. Karwasz. Pamplona, November 13, 2018.


Text of articles cited in the conference:
- Karwasz G. Scientia et Fides 3(1)/2015, 61-85.
- Karwasz G. Scientia et Fides 4(1)/2016, 151-191.

Grzegorz P. Karwasz is a physicist and engineer. He has been researcher at the high school National for Physics of the subject, doing research and teaching at the School of Physics and at the School of Engineering of the University of Trento. He has also spent time at research in Detroit, Berlin, Canberra and Gunsan (South Korea), working in the field of atomic and nuclear physics. In 1996, he started working at high school Physics at Słupsk Pedagogical University, where he directed the department Spectroscopy from 1998 to 2006. He obtained his habilitation in experimental physics in 1997. Currently, since 2006, he is the head of department Physics Didactics at the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń. He has received the Medal of the National Commission of Education in Poland. He is a member of the committee Programme of the Józef Rotbalta Foundation.


Pope Benedict XVI, still as a cardinal, in 1981, stated in "In the beginning God created... Four sermons on the Creation and fall" that: "In general an impression appears that the history of Christianity in last 400 years was a constant defense battle, in which step by step single dogmas of faith and theology were abandoned. It is difficult to avoid an impression that we withdraw slowly into an empty space and that a moment comes when there will be nothing to defend and that the whole domain of the Scripture will be occupied by the reason, not allowing the latter any further existence".

We do not agree with Card. Ratzinger. We discuss that the movement between physics, metaphysics and theology is constant, in all directions. 1) Cosmological dilemma on the beginning of the World, between Plato and Aristotle, between S. Thomas and Paris University, and even between astronomers at the edge of the 20th century and Kant, now has been solved by George Lemaître (and Hubble, and Einstein). But physics postulates the conservation of the mass and energy, so after shifting to physics the question is back to metaphysics. 2) Genetics showed recently, that female and male genome descend from the "most recent common ancestor" some 120-160 kyrs ago. But what (Who?) made this rapid (and coincidental) change as compared to pre-humans? 3) Chemistry postulates that particles with ½ spin (so called fermions) avoid each other, thus allowing the whole diversity of organic and inorganic compounds. But it was S. Thomas who stated that the diversity of matter does not result from the diversity of components. Why do electrons follow Fermi-Dirac statistics?