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Creation: A Guide for the Perplexed

Creation: A Guide for the Perplexed

by Simon Oliver

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Overview

This addition to our popular Guides for the Perplexed series tackles a subject that is enjoying renewed debate: Christianity, along with Judaism and Islam, claims that the universe is not a brute fact. It is 'created'. But what do we mean by 'creation'? Do we mean that the universe is 'designed'? Is it the product of an evolutionary process? How are creatures related to God, and does God act within creation?

Simon Oliver begins with the background to the Christian theology of creation in Greek philosophy and the Old Testament. This provides a route into understanding the claim that we are part of a created order that is also the theatre of God's providential action. He examines different understandings of creation, including creation out of nothing and the analogy of being, with close reference to the work of patristic and medieval theologians such as Augustine and Thomas Aquinas. This leads to an historical overview of the relationship between theological, philosophical and scientific approaches to creation in the modern period. Some of the ethical issues concerning humanity's place within, and treatment of, creation and our environment are also examined. A distinctive yet traditional theology of creation is proposed focused on the concepts of gift and participation as ways of understanding more fully the meaning and implications of the claim that the universe is created.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780567656087
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 06/29/2017
Series: Guides for the Perplexed
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 864,365
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Simon Oliver is Van Mildert Professor of Divinity in the Department of Theology and Religion at Durham University, UK.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Preface

Introduction

1. Genesis: In the Beginning

2. God and Creation ex nihilo

3. God and Creation: Participation and Providence

4. Creation, the Rise of Natural Science and the Design of the Universe

5. The Environment and the Gift of Creation: Beyond Nature and Culture

Notes

Bibliography

Appendix: Reading Aquinas

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