The Lost World of Genesis: 6b – ‘The Fall’ and Suffering

The problem of suffering is undoubtedly one of the greatest conundrums faced by Christian theologians through the ages. Some theologians regard human and animal suffering as a consequence of mankind’s disobedience in the garden of Eden. But does any part of the story of ‘the Fall’ imply that there was no suffering prior to that? Looking… Read More The Lost World of Genesis: 6b – ‘The Fall’ and Suffering

The Creation Question

Here’s a good discussion on science and religion aired after the Curiosity episode ‘Did God Create the Universe’ featuring Stephen Hawking. It’s good to hear the ‘not-so-extremes’ having an intelligent discussion, instead of the tendency of mass media to highlight the fundamentalists on both sides of the divide.

Paths from Science towards God 12: Towards a Global Theology

Although for Christians Jesus is the unique, historical embodiment of God as Word/Logos, this does not preclude God as such being expressed in other people, cultures and times. Who dare affirm that God was not at work expressing Godself, God as Word/Logos, in other times and places to reshape humanity through the creat founders of… Read More Paths from Science towards God 12: Towards a Global Theology

Paths from Science towards God 11: Wisdom and Word – Images of Transcendence, Immanence and Incarnation

The Lord created me at the beginning of his work, the first of his acts of long ago. Ages ago I was set up, at the first, before the beginning of the earth… When he established the heavens, I was there, when he drew a circle on the face of the deep, When he made… Read More Paths from Science towards God 11: Wisdom and Word – Images of Transcendence, Immanence and Incarnation

Paths from Science towards God 10: Creation as Sacrament

Arthur Peacocke now turns to the Christian concept of sacrament in describing God’s relation to the world and humanity. … the material objects that constitute part of our outward reality can have two different relations to out inward mental life: they can be instruments that take their character from what is done with them; or… Read More Paths from Science towards God 10: Creation as Sacrament

Paths from Science towards God 9: Revisiting Panentheism

We need a new way of expressing God’s immanence within the world, or in other words, God’s presence in the world. Arthur Peacocke, among other scientist-theologians, see panentheism as the way forward. In panentheism, the world and all that is is seen to be ‘in God’, yet God is ‘more than’ all that is. The… Read More Paths from Science towards God 9: Revisiting Panentheism

Paths from Science towards God 8: Did Evolution Save Christianity from Deism?

Since Newton and the Enlightenment, creation has been viewed as a single act by God at a certain point in the past. With the discovery of fixed laws governing the world, people began conceiving of a deistic God who created the clockwork of the cosmos and then left it to run on its own machinations.… Read More Paths from Science towards God 8: Did Evolution Save Christianity from Deism?