Toward A Theology Of Nature / Edition 1

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Systematic theologian Wolfhart Pannenberg, basing his discussion on more than three decades of dialogue between theologians and scientists, here poses theological questions to natural scientists that illuminate his personal position on issues dealing with theology and the natural sciences, especially physics.

Pannenberg says the scientific view of nature is incomplete and challenges scientists to incorporate the idea of God into their picture of nature. First he provides a commentary and critique of groundbreaking insights of post-World War II philosophers of science and offers insight on the sociology of knowledge, which open conversation between theologians and scientists. Then he presents theology as the "science of God," showing that the world we live in is "a creature of a creating God."

Pannenberg poses theological questions to natural scientists that illuminate his personal position on issues dealing with theology and the natural sciences, especially physics, reviewing the relationship between natural law and contingency, the importance of the spirit in the phenomenon of life, field theory, language, and the theological account for the nature of God and God's creative activity.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780664253844
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
  • Publication date: 10/19/1993
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 180
  • Lexile: 1500L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 0.47 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Wolfhart Pannenberg was a scholar whose work focused on religion and science. He has been called one of Germany's most important theologians of the twentieth century.
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Table of Contents

Editor's Introduction: Pannenberg on Theology and Natural Science 1
1 Theological Questions to Scientists 15
2 The Doctrine of Creation and Modern Science 29
3 God and Nature 50
4 Contingency and Natural Law 72
5 The Doctrine of the Spirit and the Task of a Theology of Nature 123
6 Spirit and Energy 138
7 Spirit and Mind 148
Index 162
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