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Participating In God

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In this exciting work, Samuel Powell offers a new constructive and systematic vision of creation by interpreting it in terms of contemporary science and trinitarian theology.

Powell's work unfolds in three stages, building on the multiple ways the doctrine of creation actually functions for Christians. He first analyzes its regulative dimension. Even in all the multiplicity of historical Christianity, he shows, the doctrine commits Christians to a particular set of normative ...

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Overview

In this exciting work, Samuel Powell offers a new constructive and systematic vision of creation by interpreting it in terms of contemporary science and trinitarian theology.

Powell's work unfolds in three stages, building on the multiple ways the doctrine of creation actually functions for Christians. He first analyzes its regulative dimension. Even in all the multiplicity of historical Christianity, he shows, the doctrine commits Christians to a particular set of normative beliefs about the world and God's relation to it. Second, Powell builds on the doctrine's hermeneutical potential. It allows Christians both to interpret the meaning of creation in terms of other prevalent philosophical, religious, or scientific ideas and also to interpret the world, as disclosed by scientific theory, in theological terms. In the heart of his book, Powell correlates creaturely characteristics with their participation in God through the trinitarian persons. Finally, in light of his findings, Powell drives home the often ignored ethical dimension of the doctrine, especially in relation to the environment, our consumerist lifestyle, and eschatology.

Powell's bold proposal harvests from two of the most fruitful fields of recent theology-trinitarian theory and religion-and-science-and crafts a creative new vision of how we and all creation participate in the life and work of the triune God.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780800636029
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/5/2003
  • Series: Theology and the Sciences Series
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Pt. 1 Creation and Trinity
1 The Historical Development of the Doctrine of Creation 1
2 The Regulative Dimension of the Doctrine of Creation 10
3 The Hermeneutical Dimension of the Doctrine of Creation 26
4 Creatures' Participation in the Trinitarian Life of God 42
Pt. 2 Understanding the Universe in a Trinitarian Way
5 Persistence and Change in Time 61
6 Generic and Individual Features 86
7 Part-Whole Relations 100
8 The Relatedness of All Things 123
Pt. 3 A Trinitarian Ethics
9 The Ethical Dimension of the Doctrine of Creation in Christian History 163
10 The Ethical Dimension of the Doctrine of Creation Today 182
Postscript 214
Notes 218
Bibliography 231
Index 236
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