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Toward a Christian Theology of the Beginning (and End) of the World

Paul M. Blowers

in Drama of the Divine Economy: Creator and Creation in Early Christian Theology and Piety

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199660414
eISBN:
9780191745980
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199660414.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies, Theology

The opening phrase of Genesis, “in the beginning,” launched a fertile tradition of christological and/or temporal interpretations of the “beginning.” Christian exegetes argued that the ontological ... More


Drama of the Divine Economy: Creator and Creation in Early Christian Theology and Piety

Paul M. Blowers

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199660414
eISBN:
9780191745980
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199660414.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies, Theology

This book investigates the relation between Creator and creation as an object of constructive theology and religious devotion in the early church. Initial chapters revisit the challenges and legacies ... More


Augustine and the Formation of Orthodoxy

Terryl L. Givens

in When Souls Had Wings: Pre-Mortal Existence in Western Thought

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780195313901
eISBN:
9780199871933
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195313901.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Preexistence was often linked to immortality, a threat to orthodox conceptions of the human soul. Other problems with the doctrine were its connection with Gnostics and with Plato and its ... More


Creation: Myth, Science, and Modernism

David Leeming

in Myth: A Biography of Belief

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195142884
eISBN:
9780199834402
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195142888.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Creation myths from several traditions – Zuni, Vedic, Christian, and Icelandic, for example – reveal several ways by which humans through the ages have attempted to identify themselves culturally in ... More


Divine Creation

William J. Abraham

in Divine Agency and Divine Action, Volume III: Systematic Theology

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
December 2018
ISBN:
9780198786528
eISBN:
9780191828805
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198786528.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, Theology, Philosophy of Religion

The Triune God created everything there is ex nihilo. This represents a move beyond Scripture but compatible with Scripture. This doctrine is not just a fitting exegetical and theological decision ... More


Ages of the World and Creation ex Nibilo, Part II: Žižek and Lacan

Clayton Crockett

in Interstices of the Sublime: Theology and Psychoanalytic Theory

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823227211
eISBN:
9780823235308
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823227211.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

This chapter investigates the question of the theological generation of meaning, which is a process of sublimation. It provides an understanding of creation ex nihilo from a confrontation of Lacan ... More


Legacies of Hellenistic-Jewish Cosmological Wisdom

Paul M. Blowers

in Drama of the Divine Economy: Creator and Creation in Early Christian Theology and Piety

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199660414
eISBN:
9780191745980
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199660414.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies, Theology

Chapter 3 explores the most important legacies of Hellenistic Jewish cosmology for early Christian doctrine on Creator and creation. “Hellenistic-Jewish cosmology” is not a single finalized system or ... More


The Creaturely View

David Cheetham

in Creation and Religious Pluralism

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780198856665
eISBN:
9780191889844
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198856665.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

What is the nature of the creaturely view? This chapter critiques some of the contemporary literature concerning the theology of creation primarily to discern what kind of vehicle it might be for ... More


Divine Sovereignty and Aseity

William E. Mann

in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Religion

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
April 2005
ISBN:
9780195138092
eISBN:
9780199835348
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195138090.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion

To say that God is sovereign over all things is to say that everything depends on God. To say that God exists a se is to say that Gods depends on nothing. This chapter examines and defends strong ... More


Ages of the World and Creation ex Nihilo, Part I: Tillich and Schelling

Clayton Crockett

in Interstices of the Sublime: Theology and Psychoanalytic Theory

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823227211
eISBN:
9780823235308
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823227211.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

This chapter focuses on Tillich's appropriation of Schelling for his theology and begins the task of unraveling Schelling's Ages of the World. It attempts to wrest significance out of the sublime ... More


In the Beginning

Tina Beattie

in Theology after Postmodernity: Divining the Void--A Lacanian Reading of Thomas Aquinas

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199566075
eISBN:
9780191747359
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199566075.003.0017
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This final part draws together the foregoing in a new reading of Thomas Aquinas, informed by Lacan, which discovers an incarnate, maternal Trinitarian Other within the neglected aspects of Thomas’s ... More


Presentism, Creation, and the Timeless God

R. T. Mullins

in The End of the Timeless God

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780198755180
eISBN:
9780191816543
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198755180.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Theology, Philosophy of Religion

This chapter examines the problems that arise for the divine timeless research program from presentism, creation ex nihilo, and divine sustaining. The two main problems to be discussed are as ... More


Aeneas and Zacharias on Creation and Eternity

Michael W. Champion

in Explaining the Cosmos: Creation and Cultural Interaction in Late-Antique Gaza

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199337484
eISBN:
9780199354986
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199337484.003.0006
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Greek, Roman, and Early Christian Philosophy

The chapter analyses the philosophical/theological dialogues of Aeneas and Zacharias. They ridicule Neoplatonic ideas and show knowledge of contemporary Neoplatonic debates, for example, about ... More


Christian and Neoplatonic Creations

Michael W. Champion

in Explaining the Cosmos: Creation and Cultural Interaction in Late-Antique Gaza

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199337484
eISBN:
9780199354986
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199337484.003.0004
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Greek, Roman, and Early Christian Philosophy

The chapter charts relevant Christian ideas about creation, including creation from nothing, focusing on the Hexameron tradition, Genesis exegesis, and creation within Trinitarian debates and ... More


Eternalism

Terryl L. Givens

in Wrestling the Angel: The Foundations of Mormon Thought: Cosmos, God, Humanity

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
October 2014
ISBN:
9780199794928
eISBN:
9780199378432
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199794928.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Church History

Joseph Smith’s cosmology mimics the new cosmology of William Herschel, who discovered a cosmos characterized by flux, upheaval, and transformation on a colossal scale. Smith’s universe likewise ... More


Divine Timelessness and Four-Dimensional Eternalism

R. T. Mullins

in The End of the Timeless God

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780198755180
eISBN:
9780191816543
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198755180.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Theology, Philosophy of Religion

It is often held today that divine timelessness is not compatible with presentism, but that it is compatible with eternalism. A strong case for this is made by thinkers such as Katherin Rogers and T. ... More


Procopius on Creation and Eternity

Michael W. Champion

in Explaining the Cosmos: Creation and Cultural Interaction in Late-Antique Gaza

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199337484
eISBN:
9780199354986
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199337484.003.0005
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Greek, Roman, and Early Christian Philosophy

The chapter interprets Procopius’ account of creation and the eternity of the world. Procopius presents a coherent and attractive Christian account of creation based on a narrative of the divine plan ... More


A Proper Place for God: Ma Zhu’s Chinese-Islamic Cosmogenesis

Jonathan Lipman

in Islamic Thought in China: Sino-Muslim Intellectual Evolution from the 17th to the 21st Century

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9781474402279
eISBN:
9781474422468
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474402279.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Islam

This chapter focuses on Ma Zhu (1640-after 1710), a Yunnanese literatus educated in the Neo-Confucian and Islamic curricula, author of the classical Chinese text Qingzhen zhinan (the compass or guide ... More


Divine Sovereignty and Aseity

William E. Mann

in God, Modality, and Morality

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780199370764
eISBN:
9780199373635
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199370764.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, Moral Philosophy

God’s sovereignty entails that everything depends on God for its being. The notion of God’s sovereignty has different, successively more ambitious levels. (1) Everything that is not God is created ex ... More


Love, Law, and Transgression

Tina Beattie

in Theology after Postmodernity: Divining the Void--A Lacanian Reading of Thomas Aquinas

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199566075
eISBN:
9780191747359
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199566075.003.0013
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Having explored Lacan’s account of modernity, this chapter demonstrates how certain biblical and doctrinal themes in Thomas Aquinas’s theology introduce ‘a turbulent otherness’ into his quest for ... More


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