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Participation in God
A Study in Christian Doctrine and Metaphysics


  • Date Published: August 2019
  • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from November 2019
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108483285

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  • Few ideas have excited greater interest among theologians in recent decades than the idea of 'participation'. In thinking about creation, it is the notion that everything comes from, and depends upon, God, inviting the language of sharing, or of an exemplar and its images; in thinking about redemption, it points to the restoration of that image, and is expressed in the language of communion with God and with the redeemed community. In this volume, Andrew Davison considers these themes in unprecedented breadth, investigating the fundamental character of participation as it can be applied to a wide range of theological topics. Exploring what it means to know, to love, to do good, and to live together well, he shows how these ideas animate a particular understanding of human life and how we relate to the world around us. His book offers the most comprehensive survey of participation to date, contributing to detailed discussions of these themes among academic theologians.

    • Written with both the specialist and more general readership in mind by including an accessible main text and more detailed points of discussion
    • Provides a worked example of the relation between foundational metaphysical and doctrinal convictions to their practical repercussions
    • Addresses a full range of theological themes (topics in systematic theology) and the interconnection between theological vision and a way of life
    • Spans many of the principal divides in theological writing - doctrine, philosophy and scripture - and considers applied themes, such as ethics, prayer, and the way we apprehend and respond to the world around us
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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108483285
    • length: 434 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 158 x 28 mm
    • weight: 0.74kg
    • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from November 2019
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Participation and Causation:
    1. By and from God: efficient causation and God as the origin and agent of creation
    2. Causes and the Trinity: 'from Him and through Him and to Him are all things'
    3. Not out of God: God is not the material cause for creation
    4. After God's likeness: formal causation and creaturely characterfulness
    5. To and for God: final causation and God as the origin and goal of creation
    Part II. The Language of Participation and Language as Participation:
    6. Characterising participation
    7. Analogy: participation in being and language
    Part III. Participation and the Theological Story:
    8. Participation and christology
    9. Participation and creaturely action
    10. Evil as the failure of participation
    11. Redemption I: restoration and union
    12. Redemption II: justification, merit and transformation
    Part IV. Participation and the Shape of Human Life:
    13. Truth: knowing and the lucidity of things
    14. Beauty: praying and loving
    15. Goodness: ethics
    Conclusion: participation, relation and common life.

  • Author

    Andrew Davison, University of Cambridge
    Andrew Davison is Starbridge Lecturer in Theology and Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge, and fellow in theology at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. His previous books include The Love of Wisdom: An Introduction to Philosophy for Theologians(2013), Why Sacraments? (2013), and Blessing (2014).

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