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Creatio ex Nihilo, Terra Nullius, and the Erasure of Presence

Whitney A. Bauman

in Ecospirit: Religions and Philosophies for the Earth

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823227457
eISBN:
9780823236626
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823227457.003.0018
Subject:
Religion, Theology

Justified by a transcendent and omnipotent Creator ex nihilo, imperial Christianity has been re-creating the world—as if ex nail—for the past 1500 years. The theology of ... More


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


Have We Nothing to Say?: The Augustinian Person de Nihilo

Matthew Drever

in Image, Identity, and the Forming of the Augustinian Soul

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199916337
eISBN:
9780199345557
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199916337.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Theology

Augustine’s interpretation of creatio ex nihilo establishes not only a cosmological principle on the nature of the universe but also an ontological claim about human identity. This chapter opens with ... More


 Divine Being and Becoming

Gloria L. Schaab

in Creative Suffering of the Triune God: An Evolutionary Theology

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195329124
eISBN:
9780199785711
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195329124.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Theology

Chapter 4 examines the impact of Arthur Peacocke's evolutionary cosmology, biology, epistemology, and methodology on Christian theology and demonstrates how these insights come to fruition in an ... 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


Creature Discomforts: Levinas’s Interpretation of Creation Ex Nihilo

Jeffrey Hanson

in Being-in-Creation: Human Responsibility in an Endangered World

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780823264995
eISBN:
9780823266876
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823264995.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

In “Creature Discomforts”, Jeffrey Hanson argues that, contrary to other interpretations, the trope of creation ex nihilo plays, with some minor changes and development, a significant role throughout ... 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


The Poverty of Theistic Cosmology

Adolf Grünbaum

in Collected Works, Volume I: Scientific Rationality, the Human Condition, and 20th Century Cosmologies

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199989928
eISBN:
9780199346356
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199989928.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

Chapter concentrates on the famous Leibnizian question ‘Why is there something rather than nothing?’ which has led to very perplexing misconceptions in the hands of theologians in their quest for a ... More


Cosmogony (Κοσμογονία‎): God and Creature

Ray L. Hart

in God Being Nothing: Toward a Theogony

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780226359625
eISBN:
9780226359762
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226359762.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion

The notion of creatio ex nihilo arose in Western monotheisms to protect God the Creator from a coeval power, while leaving unthought the standing of the nihil. Severely qualifying the classical ... 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


The Story of Creation

Seymour Feldman

in Gersonides: Judaism within the Limits of Reason

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781904113447
eISBN:
9781800340152
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781904113447.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter is devoted to the single problem of the creation of the world. According to Gersonides, Maimonides' theory of creation was deficient because of its hasty scepticism about the ... 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


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


Hume’s Attack on the Rationalist Principle of Sufficient Reason in the Enquiry

Abraham Anderson

in Kant, Hume, and the Interruption of Dogmatic Slumber

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
March 2020
ISBN:
9780190096748
eISBN:
9780190096779
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190096748.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

Chapter 3 investigates more precisely where in the Enquiry Kant finds Hume showing that we cannot know causal connections via pure concepts, and thus that we cannot know the principle of sufficient ... 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


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


Creation and the Glory of Creatures

Janet Martin Soskice

in Being-in-Creation: Human Responsibility in an Endangered World

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780823264995
eISBN:
9780823266876
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823264995.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Janet Martin Soskice reflects on the topic of creation ex nihilo in her essay, arguing that we must be careful regarding the easy slippage between “creation” and “nature,” since, speaking biblically, ... 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


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


Creātion ānd Āpocālypse

Christopher R. Fee and David A. Leeming

in Gods, Heroes, & Kings: The Battle for Mythic Britain

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195174038
eISBN:
9780199849864
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195174038.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

Probably the most telling myths are those of creation and those of the end of the world, whether through a flood leading to a second creation or through an apparently final cataclysmic event. The ... More


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