Newton Vs. Quantum Physics: How They Shape Our Idea of God

It seems like an awfully lot of people still see the world in terms of Newton's science and equations much more so than the physics and quantum physics of people like Einstein, Plank, Schrodinger, or Bohr. This isn't really surprising since our idea of reality comes from our perception of it. It's hard to ignore that, even if science tells that it's terribly wrong.

But to be fair, let's start by recognizing that Newton was never really wrong in his assumptions so much as incomplete. Newton gave us equations that work perfectly in present day context, but failed to give us a bigger picture of the reality we exist within. Quantum physics gives us a much deeper insight into how things work at their base level - or at least as close to it as we can get at the moment.

So now, thanks to advances in science, we seem to be having the realization that matter is merely energy taking form in a universe that appears to be much like a quantum matrix of dynamically organized and interactive constituent elements. A purely Newtonian world view made up of static constants might lead someone to believe in a similarly static, perhaps more limited G-d concept that is “out there somewhere.” On the other hand a quantum view would likely lead a person to see G-d as being a sort of ‘cosmic mind’ that's present in everything. Indeed, this sort of world view was echoed by many of the greatest and most revolutionary pioneers of quantum physics.

Quantum physics seems to evoke, if not beckon the sort of G-d who fits perfectly as the underlying force that causes an otherwise mindless sea of energy to actively have form, life, and consciousness. It invites the idea of a sort of hive-mind that experiences itself through countless avatars. It makes feasible the idea that life is a sort of thought or dream of G-d which is ever evolving and ever changing in a way that is whimsical, free and vulnerable to both joy and pain. A purely Newtonian idea of G-d cannot see the reason in this sort of thinking or fathom how it could possibly be an accurate portrayal of reality. Indeed, even Einstein called the observations made in quantum physics “creepy” when he first learned of them. However, it’s worth noting that Einstein did embrace this sort of G-d concept in his later life. So a strict Newtonian would likely resort to searching for a radically different sort of God, more akin to a clock maker or alien life than an all-pervading-plenum of the universe.