Creation and Complexity are two themes that draw the sciences and theology together. The remarkable advances of science in the modern period have opened up new knowledge and revealed ever deepening layers of complexity in the world from the cosmic macro level to the micro world of quantum. There seems no end to the rich tapestry of the cosmic order and process. A science of complexity has been spawned. The discoveries of the sciences have been matched in the twentieth century by a renewal in the doctrine of creation. Behind this lies a renaissance in trinitarian thinking which offers fresh insight into the dynamic of God in creation - past, present and future. The complexity of the triune God in creation find echoes in the rich complexity of the world uncovered by the contemporary sciences. This book explores the nature of complexity in God's creation.
About the Author
Stephen K. Pickard is the head of the School of Theology at Charles Sturt University and director of St Mark’s National Theological Centre in Australia.
Christine Ledger is the director of the Australian Council of Churches in Sidn.
Table of Contents
Introduction Christine Ledger and Stephen Pickard
Part One: A Complex World
1. A primer on complexity: definitions, theories, and theological perspectives Niels Henrik Gregerson
2. Models of invisible realities: the common thread in science and theology Carolyn M. King
Part Two: Evolutionary Biology
3. Interpretations of complexity in nature: Teilhard to Maynard Smith Carolyn M. King
4. A world made to flourish: divine design and the idea of natural self-organisation Niels Henrik Gregerson
5. The cloning of human cells: an Australian response to the scientific issues from an ethical and theological perspective John W. White, Fraser Bergersen, Graeme Garrett, Patricia Ewing, Jonathan Clarke
6. A process-based model for an ontology of activity Richard Campbell
Part Three: Cosmology
7. The absence of God or a surer path to God? The origin of the universe in science and theology David Wilkinson
8. Time and eternity as scientific and theological problem Mark Worthing
9. The end of it all: cosmology and Christian eschatology in dialogue David Wilkinson