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Barth S Doctrine Of Creation

Author : Andrew Gabriel
ISBN : 9781620329542
Genre : Religion
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Theologians working on the doctrine of creation are compelled to wrestle with Karl Barth's explication of this doctrine. And yet, studies on Barth have not paid a significant amount of attention to this aspect of his theology. To help fill this gap, Gabriel introduces and clarifies Barth's doctrine of creation by outlining its contours and evaluating three prominent critiques of Barth--critiques that focus on questions regarding the place of nature, the Trinity, Jesus, and history in his doctrine. Gabriel finds value in these critiques, while also identifying ways in which Barth's theology sometimes adequately addresses them. Through this, Gabriel mines insights from Barth that can contribute to a theology of nature or ecological theology and a Trinitarian theology of creation.

Human Significance In Theology And The Natural Sciences

Author : Christopher L. Fisher
ISBN : 9781621892311
Genre : Religion
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The medieval worldview that regarded human beings as at the center of God's plans for His universe has long been regarded as obsolete; its synthesis of Christian theology and Greek philosophy having collapsed under the weight of Copernicus, Galileo, and Darwin. The popular stereotype is that Science, both in the Copernican revolution that dethroned the earth-centered view of the cosmos and in subsequent developments in evolutionary theory and general relativity, has marginalized and trivialized human existence, revealing humanity's place in the cosmos to be accidental, peripheral, and ultimately meaningless. However, an investigation into both modern Christian theology and contemporary twenty-first century Science reveals just the opposite, providing solid evidence in the interdisciplinary dialogue concerning the significance of humanity within the universe. In this important study, Christopher Fisher analyzes several modern theologians, including Wolfhart Pannenberg, Karl Rahner, and John Zizioulas, to reveal how contemporary ecumenical theology is deeply and intrinsically committed to a high view of human cosmic significance as a consequence of Christianity's indelible Trinitarian and incarnational faith. Fisher then demonstrates how research in contemporary natural Science confirms this finding in its own way, as recent primate intelligence studies, artificial intelligence research, and even the quest for extra-terrestrial intelligence reveal the wonder of human uniqueness. A contemporary version of the teleological argument also resurfaces in consideration of cosmic evolutionary perspectives on human existence. Even ecological concerns take on a new poignancy with the realization that, among material creatures, only human beings are capable of addressing the world's situation. This interdisciplinary study uncovers the surprising coherence and convergence of Christian Theology and Natural Science on the subject of human existence and significance here at the beginning of the twenty-first century, and it highlights the very unique role of humanity in global and cosmic history.

Nature Reborn

Author : H. Paul Santmire
ISBN : 1451409257
Genre : Nature
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Santmire's much-acclaimed The Travail of Nature: The Ambiguous Ecological Promise of Christian Theology documented the unfortunate legacy of many Christian theological notions in the use, abuse, and destruction of the natural world, along with its positive aspects. This new brief, but penetrating, look at Christian theological concepts of nature returns to the fray, this time to reclaim classic, mostly pre-modern Christian themes and re-envision them in light of the global environmental and cultural crisis. This revisionist work-"to revise the classical Christian story in order to identify and to celebrate its ecological and cosmic promise"-mines Christian cosmology (the Great Chain of Being), Christology, Creation, and Eucharist, so that the Christian "story" can be then rediscovered (history), reshaped (theology), re-experienced (spirituality), and re-enacted (ritual).

Light From The East

Author : Alexei V. Nesteruk
ISBN : 1451403577
Genre : Religion
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In this unique volume, a new and distinctive perspective on hotly debated issues in science and religion emerges from the unlikely ancient Eastern Orthodox Christian tradition. Alexei Nesteruk reveals how the Orthodox tradition, deeply rooted in Greek Patristic thought, can contribute importantly in a way that the usual Western sources do not. Orthodox thought, he holds, profoundly and helpfully relates the experience of God to our knowledge of the world. His masterful historical introduction to the Orthodox traditions not only surveys key features of its theology but highlights its ontology of participation and communion. From this Nesteruk derives Orthodoxy's unique approach to theological and scientific attribution. Theology identifies the underlying principles (logoi) in scientific affirmations. Nesteruk then applies this methodology to key issues in cosmology: the presence of the divine in creation, the theological meaning of models of creation, the problem of time, and the validity of the anthropic principle, especially as it relates to the emergence of humans and the Incarnation. Nesteruk's unique synthesis is not a valorization of Eastern Orthodox thought so much as an influx of startlingly fresh ideas about the character of science itself and an affirmation of the ultimate religious and theological value of the whole scientific enterprise.

Natural Religion And Christian Theology Volume 1 Science And Religion

Author : Charles E. Raven
ISBN : 9780521166393
Genre : Religion
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Canon Raven presents a rewriting of the history of science in organic and holistic categories.

Wrestling With The Divine

Author : Christopher C. Knight
ISBN : STANFORD:36105110312944
Genre : Religion
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Knight extends the dialogue begun in John Polkinghorne's and Arthur Peacocke's work to explore new possibilities. Their stress on natural processes as the form of divine immanence and the locus of divine action opens the way to Knight's rethinking the psychology of religious experience as a medium of divine revelation. Knight employs the paradigmatic instance of revelation -- the early Christian experience of the risen Jesus -- to investigate the psychological basis of revelatory experience. He addresses its referentiality, authentication, implications for propositional truth, and historical models of revelation. Advancing to a new notion yields (a) an affirmation of the sacramental and revelatory potential of the created order and (b) a new understanding of natural theology that opens up to other faiths of the world. --from publisher description.

Self Emptying Love In A Global Context

Author : Robert T. Sears
ISBN : 9781630874230
Genre : Religion
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Care for the environment is an ever more pressing concern in today's world in which narrow self-interest has blinded us to the growing pollution of atmosphere and seas and the destruction of animal species caused by our indifference and neglect. Christianity has been blamed in part for this because of a misunderstanding of the Biblical call to have dominion over creation. Our spiritual tradition has indeed so focused on human salvation that the Earth has been seen simply as a transient environment that will be left behind in the end. In response, this little book highlights another spiritual tradition within Western Christianity that affirms that creation itself will also be transformed with humanity through the self-emptying love of God. God's dominion, after all, is service rather than despotic control, the raising up of the lowly of this Earth and of the Earth itself as part of a cosmic community. The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius are examined in this light as a call not only to join Christ in redeeming humanity, but also in extending Christ's care and love to all creation that longs for the freedom of the children of God.

The Travail Of Nature

Author : H. Paul Santmire
ISBN : 1451409273
Genre : Religion
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The Travail of Nature shows that the theological tradition in the West is neither ecologically bankrupt, as some of its popular and scholarly critics have maintained, nor replete with immediately accessible, albeit long-forgotten, ecological riches hidden everywhere in its deeper vaults, as some contemporary Christians, who are profoundly troubled by the environmental crisis and other related concerns, might wistfully hope to find. This is why it is appropriate to speak of the ambiguous ecological promises of Christian theology.

Science Art And Christianity

Author : Rudolf Brun
ISBN : 9780692245781
Genre : Art
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God is love" is the fundamental revelation of Christianity. Therefore, creation must be God's gift. The gift is his God's Word that is God but because God gives his Word away to creation, it belongs to creation- creation can do with it whatever nature "decides" to do with it. As a consequence, nature is capable of constructing itself,. This, however, is the main result of modern science. Nature brings forth novelties from "matter" to consciousness and self-consciousness in human beings. Mind emerged like anything else in the universe through the essentially historical (probabilistic) process of general evolution. Throughout the entire universe it is unification of diversity into unity that brings forth new existence. It is the old insight that all existence depends on being united into one. Unification of diversity (quantitative or qualitative) into unity brings forth new existence. This has been described as the Gestalt phenomenon, that the whole is more, quantitatively and qualitatively, than its parts. Actually, this basic phenomenon is no better known as the phenomenon of emergence; synthesis brings forth emergent novelties. Synthesis, however, is creative not only in nature but also in art. In the present writing this is illustrated with two examples, one from the history of music, from Gregorian chants to J.S. Bach, the other from the life history of the painter Vasilly Kandinsky. Synthesis, the unification of diversity into unity brings forth new existence universally. This ontological structure of all created being is interpreted as the watermark of the Triune Word of God in the absolute difference of creation. Therefore, the thesis of this booklet is that God can be God in that which is not God. The eyes of faith can see this illogicality also in the Eucharist and in the Christmas event. There too, God proves that he can be God in that, which is not God; in the Eucharist bread and wine, and a human being in the mystery of Christmas. For our logic, something cannot be that, which it is not but this is no obstacle for God's logic of incarnation.

Theology And Science In Mutual Modification

Author : Harold P. Nebelsick
ISBN : UVA:X000356573
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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