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If Christian theism is to make use of these opportunities, says Clayton, it must place a greater stress on divine immanence. In ...
If Christian theism is to make use of these opportunities, says Clayton, it must place a greater stress on divine immanence. In response to this challenge, Clayton defends the doctrine of panentheism, the view that the world is in some sense "within" God although God also transcends the world. God and Contemporary Science offers the first book-length defense of panentheism as a viable option within traditional Christian theology.
Clayton first defends a "postfoundationalist" model of theology that is concerned more with the coherence of Christian belief than with rational obligation or proof. He makes the case that the Old and New Testament theologies do not stand opposed to panentheism but actually support it at a number of points. He then outlines the philosophical strengths of a panentheistic view of God's relation to the world and God's activity in the world.
The remainder of the book applies this theological position to recent scientific developments: theories of the origin of the universe; quantum mechanics, or the physics of the very small; the debate about miracles; and neuroscientific theories of human thought.
|1||Systematic Theology and Postmodernism||1|
|2||What Is This World Which Thou Hast Made? God's Relation to the World in the Hebrew Bible||15|
|3||Christology and Creation: Struggling with the Particularity of the Christian Story||55|
|4||Rethinking the Relation of God and the World: Panentheism and the Contribution of Philosophy||82|
|5||Creation and Cosmology: What Theologians Can and Cannot Learn from Scientific Cosmology||127|
|6||The Presumption of Naturalism||169|
|7||Scientific Causality, Divine Causality||188|
|8||Understanding Human and Divine Agency||232|