Creation and Double Chaos: Science and Theology in Discussion (Google eBook)

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Fortress Press - Religion - 275 pages
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Scientist and theologian Sjoerd Bonting offers a new overarching framework for thinking about issues in religion and science. He looks at the creation controversy itself, including biblical perspectives, tradtional doctrines, and the particular potential contribution of chaos theory. Finally, Bonting extends this perspective, a combination of chaos theory and chaos theology he calls "double-chaos," into a framework that addresses traditional questions about evil, divine agency, soteriology, the understanding of disease, possible extraterrestrial life, and the future.
  

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Contents

The ScienceTheology Dialogue How?
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12 Dialogue between the two worldviews
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13 Language and metaphors
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14 Is metaphysics useful for the dialogue?
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15 Truth in science and theology
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16 Dealing with conflicts
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Chaos theology
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18 Summary
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82 Defining the problem
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83 Attempts at solving the problem through denials
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84 Attempts at solving the problem in creatio ex nihilo context
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85 Evil in evolutionary context
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86 What can chaos theology tell us about the origin of evil?
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87 Some further considerations
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88 Summary
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Gods Action in the World
142

The Scientific Worldview
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22 The big bang theory
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Cosmic evolution
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B Biological evolution
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25 The further biological evolution
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26 Human evolution
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Biological evolution
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The Theological Worldview Creation Stories
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32 Nonbiblical creation stories
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33 The early Genesis story
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34 The later Genesis story
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35 Creation elsewhere in the Old Testament
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36 Creation in the New Testament
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37 Continuing creation
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38 Summary
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Creation out of Nothing Origin and Problems
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42 Influence of Platonism
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43 The threat of Gnosticism
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44 Origin of creatio ex nihilo
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45 Problems with creatio ex nihilo
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46 Ineffectiveness of creatio ex nihilo
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47 Summary
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Contemporary Creation Theologies
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52 AngloSaxon theologians
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53 Teilhard de Chardin and process theology
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54 Summary
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Chaos Theology An Alternative Creation Theology
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62 Initial creation from primeval chaos
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63 Continuing creation and remaining chaos
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64 Remaining chaos abolished on the last day
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65 Evil arising from remaining chaos
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66 Usefulness of chaos theology for the sciencetheology dialogue
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67 Some critical questions considered
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68 Summary
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Chaos Theory and Chaos Events
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72 Does quantum theory offer an answer?
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73 Selforganization
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74 Chaos theory and chaos events
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75 Examples of chaos events
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76 Can God act through chaos events?
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77 Are the two types of chaos linked?
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78 Problems with determinism
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79 Summary
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The Problem of Evil
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92 Gods creative agents
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93 Creative agent and cosmology
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94 Contingency in cosmic and biological evolution
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95 Attempted explanations of contingency
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96 Intelligent Design
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97 Summary
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The Cosmic Christ Person and Work
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102 The incarnation of the cosmic Christ
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103 Death and resurrection
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104 Jesus Christ and reconciliation
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105 Reconciliation in chaos theology
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106 Summary
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Human Ambivalence Genetic Modification
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112 Principles of genetic modification
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113 Production of biological materials
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114 Transgenic plants and animals
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Gene therapy
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116 Risks and opposition
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117 Cloning and stem cells
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118 Theological and ethical considerations
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119 Summary
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Disease Punishment for Sin or Chaos Event?
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122 Health and disease in biblical view
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Cause and treatment
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124 Theological interpretation
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125 Curing or healing
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126 Sacrament of healing
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127 Summary
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Are We Alone? Theological Implications of Possible Extraterrestrial Intelligent Life
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132 Paucity of theological data
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133 Possibility of extraterrestrial life
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134 Nature of extraterrestrial life if existing
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135 Bottomup theological considerations
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136 Topdown theological considerations
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137 Summary
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Future and Destiny Eschatology and Chaos Theology
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142 Biblical view of the future
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143 Interim state and judgment
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Views of Tipler Pannenberg and Polkinghorne
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145 Alternative view of resurrection and eternity life
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146 Summary
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Notes
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Index
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