Toward a Theology of Nature

Toward a Theology of Nature : Essays on Science and Faith

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Many scholars of religion sit by timidly waiting to hear what physicists and biologists say about the world of nature, then adjust their religious visions accordingly; but not systematic theologian Wolfhart Pannenberg. Based on a dialogue between theologians and scientists from more than three decades, Pannenberg poses theological questions to natural scientist that illuminate his personal position on issues dealing with theology and the natural sciences, especially physics. He says the scientific view of nature is incomplete and challenges scientist to incorporate the idea of God into their picture of nature. He reviews 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 of God's creative activity. Pannenberg believes the world we live in is a creature of a creating God, and unless we understand this, we cannot fully understand the world.show more

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  • Paperback | 180 pages
  • 156 x 228.6 x 10.9mm | 283.66g
  • Westminster/John Knox Press,U.S.
  • Louisville, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0664253849
  • 9780664253844
  • 1,148,955

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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."show more

About Wolfhart Pannenberg

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.show more
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