Creation and Chaos Talk: Charting a Way Forward

Creation and Chaos Talk: Charting a Way Forward

by Eric M. Vail

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Creation and Chaos Talk: Charting a Way Forward by Eric M. Vail

Talk about chaos is pervasive. Biblical scholars, theologians, and scientists have been using the word chaos for some time, occasionally mingling ideas across disciplines around the shared word. Quite often, discussions of chaos center on the issues of creation's origin and nature, as well as on God's creative methods and relationship to creation. Eric M. Vail investigates the current uses of the word chaos in those areas. A new way of articulating creation out of nothing is offered as both helpful and appropriate in our current milieu. He suggests where we ought to focus our use of the word chaos in Christian discourse and argues that chaos is more fitting for naming where creation has gone awry rather than for naming that state out of which creation comes to be.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781630874179
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 06/07/2012
Series: Princeton Theological Monograph Series , #185
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Eric M. Vail is the senior pastor of First Church of the Nazarene in Saint Joseph, Missouri.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Introduction 1

1 Immersion into "Chaos" Talk 10

2 Shifting Contexts: Theology, Scripture, and Science 26

3 The Growing Debate around "Chaos" Language in Biblical Studies: Jon D. Levenson's Position 77

4 The Growing Debate around "Chaos" Language in Biblical Studies: David T. Tsumura's Position 121

5 Catherine Keller's Tehomic Theology: A Theology of Becoming 155

6 A New Creatio ex Nihilo Framework 182

7 The Place for "Chaos" in Theological Discourse 210

8 Conclusion 246

Bibliography 263

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