Weekend Reading

Modern Day Revival -among the Presbyterians?
Additionally from the Gnu, on the numerous famous conversions from Protestant to Roman Catholic is this:

I guess what I would like to know are :

1) The reasons why people like Frank Beckwith convert. By this I mean, I would like to know, not just the experiential and subjective reasons for why, but the doctrinal reasons.

I personally think that almost answers itself. It is the Reformed way of finding a more personal and devoted type of experience. They reject the Charismatic, many times, but want something that engages their whole being in their faith. Maybe those who have majored in the intellectual for so long, suspend it for the sake of feeding parts of themselves that they have starved through such over emphasis? Just a thought.
Then that Wildebeest sent me here:
for some ideas on quantum theory, from First Things

Many years have gone by, and there is still no hint from any experiment of hidden variables that would eliminate the need for probabilities. In fact, the famed Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle says that probabilities are ineradicable from physics….

The Uncertainty Principle, the bedrock of quantum theory, implies that even if one had all the information there is to be had about a physical system, its future behavior cannot be predicted exactly, only probabilistically.

This last statement, if true, is of tremendous philosophical and theological importance. It would spell the doom of determinism, which for so long had appeared to spell the doom of free will. Classical physics was strictly deterministic, so that (as Laplace famously said) if the state of the physical world were completely specified at one instant, its whole future development would be exactly and uniquely determined. Whether a man lifts his arm or nods his head now would (in a world governed by classical physical laws) be an inevitable consequence of the state of the world a billion years ago.

But the death of determinism is not the only deep conclusion that follows from the probabilistic nature of quantum theory. An even deeper conclusion that some have drawn is that materialism, as applied to the human mind, is wrong. Eugene Wigner, a Nobel laureate, argued in a famous essay that philosophical materialism is not “logically consistent with present quantum mechanics.” And Sir Rudolf Peierls, another leading physicist, maintained that “the premise that you can describe in terms of physics the whole function of a human being . . . including its knowledge, and its consciousness, is untenable.”