Creation and the God of Abraham

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David B. Burrell, Carlo Cogliati, Janet M. Soskice, William R. Stoeger
Cambridge University Press, Sep 2, 2010 - Religion
Creatio ex nihilo is a foundational doctrine in the Abrahamic faiths. It states that God created the world freely out of nothing - from no pre-existent matter, space or time. This teaching is central to classical accounts of divine action, free will, grace, theodicy, religious language, intercessory prayer and questions of divine temporality and, as such, the foundation of a scriptural God but also the transcendent Creator of all that is. This edited collection explores how we might now recover a place for this doctrine, and, with it, a consistent defence of the God of Abraham in philosophical, scientific and theological terms. The contributions span the religious traditions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, and cover a wide range of sources, including historical, philosophical, scientific and theological. As such, the book develops these perspectives to reveal the relevance of this idea within the modern world.

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The wisdom of Aquinas, Maimonides, and Ibn Sina upgraded and made understandable by an author whose intellect is of the same caliber as those men.


early history
its Jewish and Christian foundations
Chapter 3 The act of creation with its theological consequences
Chapter 4 Scotistic metaphysics and creation ex nihilo
Chapter 5 Creation and the context of theology and science in Maimonides and Crescas
Avicennas metaphysical account
Chapter 7 Four conceptions of creatio ex nihilo and the compatibility questions
Chapter 9 Trinity motion and creation ex nihilo
Chapter 10 The Big Bang quantum cosmology and creatio ex nihilo
Chapter 11 What is written into creation?
Chapter 12 Creatio ex nihilo and dual causality
the idea of double agency
the beatific vision and learning from contingency

Chapter 8 Will necessity and creation as monistic theophany in the Islamic philosophical tradition

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David Burrell is Professor of Ethics and Development at Uganda Martyrs University. His previous publications include Faith and Freedom (2005), Friendship and Ways to Truth (2000) and Deconstructing Theodicy (2008).

Carlo Cogliati is Spalding Fellow in Comparative Religion at Clare Hall, University of Cambridge. His research interests include modal theistic arguments in the three Abrahamic traditions, the theological significance of the notion of infinity, and analogy in theology and science.

Janet Soskice is Professor of Philosophical Theology at the University of Cambridge. She is the author of Metaphor and Religious Language (1984), The Kindness of God (2008) and Sisters of Sinai (2009).

William R. Stoeger is Staff Astrophysicist in the Vatican Observatory Research Group at the University of Arizona. He specializes in theoretical cosmology, gravitational physics, and interdisciplinary studies bridging the natural sciences, philosophy and theology.

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