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Creation: A Guide for the Perplexed

Creation: A Guide for the Perplexed

An introduction to the Christian theology of creation and its relation to scientific and philosophical approaches to nature

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ISBN 9780567656087
Barcode 9780567656087
Published 29 June 2017 by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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Author(s) By Oliver, Simon
Series Guides for the Perplexed (part: 336)
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ISBN-13 9780567656087
ISBN-10 056765608X
Stock Available
Status Indent title (internationally sourced), usually ships 4-6 weeks
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Imprint T.& T.Clark Ltd
Publication Date 29 June 2017
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Oliver, Simon
Series Guides for the Perplexed (part: 336)
Category Religion & Beliefs
Impact Of Science & Technology On Society
Number of Pages 224
Dimensions Width: 138mm
Height: 216mm
Weight 290g
Interest Age 19+ years
Reading Age 19+ years
Library of Congress Creation
NBS Text Religious Studies: Textbooks & Study Guides
ONIX Text Professional and scholarly
Dewey Code 202.4
Catalogue Code 605008

Description of this Book

Judaism, Christianity and Islam claim that the universe is not a brute fact. It is 'created'. But what do we mean by 'creation'? Do we mean that the universe is 'designed'? Is it the product of an evolutionary process? How are creatures related to God, and does God act within creation? Simon Oliver begins with the background to the Christian doctrine of creation in Greek philosophy and the Old Testament. This provides a route into understanding the claim that we are part of a created order that is also the theatre of God's redemptive action in Christ. He examines different understanding of creation, with close reference to the work of patristic and medieval theologians such as Augustine and Aquinas. This leads to an historical guide to the relationship between theological, philosophical and scientific approaches to nature in the modern period including Darwinism and Intelligent Design. Some of the ethical issues concerning humanity's place within, and treatment of, creation and our environment are also examined. Finally, a distinctive yet traditional theology of creation is proposed focused on the concepts of gift and participation as ways of understanding more fully the meaning and implications of the claim that the universe is created.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review This is a very fine book. I suspect it is one that will continue to be read for a good many years. * Church of England Newspaper *

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Author's Bio

Simon Oliver is Van Mildert Professor of Divinity in the Department of Theology and Religion at Durham University, UK.

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