The God of Nature: Incarnation and Contemporary Science [NOOK Book]

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It often seems that only insurance policies refer to "acts of God" occurring in everyday life. Although Christians have professed the God of Israel, they often have assumed a naturalistic framework that harks back to the Greeks. Doing so, says Christopher Knight, has masked the explanatory potential of a basic Christian affirmation: the Incarnation.

Knight's book forges a third way of thinking, beyond deism and theism, about divine engagement with the world. Knight sees God's ...

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The God of Nature: Incarnation and Contemporary Science

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Overview

It often seems that only insurance policies refer to "acts of God" occurring in everyday life. Although Christians have professed the God of Israel, they often have assumed a naturalistic framework that harks back to the Greeks. Doing so, says Christopher Knight, has masked the explanatory potential of a basic Christian affirmation: the Incarnation.

Knight's book forges a third way of thinking, beyond deism and theism, about divine engagement with the world. Knight sees God's intimate involvement with creation and history as implied in the reality of the Incarnation and essentially confirming divine purpose in and a kind of sacramental character to all events as they unfold in the world. On this basis, he brings remarkably fresh insight to the questions of providence, miracles, personal prayer, the Virgin Birth and the Ascension of Jesus. His work promises not to displace science, nor to plead for special exceptions on special occasions, but to see God as always active in the very warp and woof of the universe and its laws.

About the Author:
Christopher C. Knight is Executive Secretary of the International Society for Science and Religion and a Research Associate of the Faculty of Divinity in the University of Cambridge

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781451405170
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/28/2007
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 339 KB

Table of Contents


Preface     ix
Contemporary Science and the Religious Response     1
Casting Down the Idols     10
The Problem of Divine Providence     22
Beyond Deism     28
The Acknowledgment of Miracles     34
Risen and Ascended     40
Revelation and Salvation     47
The Faiths of the World and the Action of God     54
The Faiths of the World and the Logos of God     61
Art and Sacrament     69
The Fallen World and Natural Law     79
The Fallen World and Divine Action     86
The Word Made Flesh     96
Ecological and Feminist Perspectives     103
A New Understanding     111
Praying to the God beyond Time     124
Afterword     134
Notes     139
Index     159
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