Christ and the Created Order: Perspectives From Theology, Philosophy, and Science
Departing from the general theistic accounts of creation typical of the science-and-faith dialogue, the interdisciplinary essays in this book put Christology back at the centre of creation - the incarnate Word of God as agent, means and telos. Contributors include...
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Departing from the general theistic accounts of creation typical of the science-and-faith dialogue, the interdisciplinary essays in this book put Christology back at the centre of creation - the incarnate Word of God as agent, means and telos. Contributors include N T Wright, James K A Smith, and Richard Bauckham.
According to the Christian faith, Jesus Christ is the ultimate revelation not only of the nature of God the Creator but also of how God the Creator relates to the created order. The New Testament explicitly relates the act of creation to the person of Jesus Christ - who is also a participant within creation, and who is said, by his acts of participation, to have secured creation's ultimate redemption from the problems which presently afflict it. Christian theology proposes that Jesus Christ, the incarnate Word and Wisdom of God, the agent in whom the Spirit of God is supremely present among us, is the rationale and the telos of all things - time-space as we experience and explore it; nature and all its enigmas; matter itself. Christology is thus utterly fundamental to a theology of creation, as this is unfolded both in Scripture and in early Christian theology.
For all this, the contemporary conversation about science and faith tends, to a remarkable degree, to neglect the significance of Jesus Christ, focusing instead on a generic "God of wonder" or "God of natural theology." Such general theism is problematic from the perspective of Christian theology on many levels and has at times led to a more or less deistic theology: the impression that God has created the world, then largely left it to itself. Such a theology is far removed from classical Christian renderings of creation, providence, redemption, and eschatology. According to these, the theology of creation is not just about remote "beginnings," or the distant acts of a divine originator. Rather, the incarnate Jesus Christ is himself - remarkably - the means and the end for which creation itself exists. If we would think aright about our world, study it and live within it wisely, we must reckon centrally with his significance.
What might such a bold claim possibly mean, and why is Jesus Christ said by Christian theology to be so important for understanding God's overall relationship to the created order? What does this importance mean for science?
Christ and the Created Order addresses these questions by gathering insights from biblical scholars, theologians, historians, philosophers, and scientists. This interdisciplinary collection of essays reflects on the significance of Jesus Christ for understanding the created world, particularly as that world is observed by the natural sciences.
Contributors to Christ and the Created Order include Marilyn McCord Adams, Richard Bauckham, Deborah Haarsma, Paul Moser, Murray Rae, James K. A. Smith, Norman Wirzba, N. T. Wright, and more.
Thomas H. McCall (Ph.D., Calvin Theological Seminary) is associate professor of biblical and systematic theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, Illinois, and coeditor of Philosophical and Theological Essays on the Trinity and author of Which Trinity? Whose Monotheism? Philosophical and Systematic Theologians on the Metaphysics of Trinitarian Theology
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- :i. Introduction: Christ And The Created Order (editors)ii. Theological Perspectives1.brian Brock (aberdeen), Form From Formlessness: Jesus Christ After The Big Bang2.murray Rae (otago), Jesus Christ In History, Space And Time3.andrew Torrance (st Andrews), The God Who Mediates The Gap4.norman Wirzba, Christological Creation: How Christ Hold All Things Togetheriii. Biblical And Historical Perspectives5.richard Bauckham (st Andrews/cambridge), Memory Research, The Gospels And Jesus6.n. T. Wright (st Andrews), Can A Scientist Trust In The Resurrection Of Christ?7.chris Tilling (st Mellitus), Title Tbciv. Philosophical Perspectives8.james K. A. Smith (calvin College, Grand Rapids), Our Chalcedonian Moment: Christological Imagination For Scientific Challenges9.marilyn Mccord Adams (rutgers), For Better, For Worse Solidarity10.paul Moser (loyola University), ‘scientific Knowledge, Personal Knowledge, And Christ’11.peter Van Inwagen (notre Dame), “it Lasteth, And Ever Shall, For God Loveth It”v. Scientific Perspectives12.ruth Bancewicz (cambridge), Wonders Of The Living World: Celebrating The Biological Sciences In The Context Of The Christian Faith13.deborah Haarsma (biologos), Universe Of Life 14.wilson Poon (edinburgh), Laboratory Of The Cross: Towards A Theologia Crucis Of Science15.justin Barrett (fuller), Title Tbc