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Creation and the God of Abraham

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David D. Burrell, Janet M. Soskice, Carlo Cogliati, Ernan McMullin, Alexander Broadie, Dan Davies, Rahim Acar, Pirooz Fatoorchi, Ibrahim Kalim, Simon Oliver, William R. Stoeger, Simon Conway Morris, James R. Pambrun, Thomas F. Tracy, Eugene F. Rogers
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  • Date Published: October 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521518680

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  • 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.

    • Provides an in-depth accessible treatment of the idea of creation
    • Connects with the contemporary scientific accounts of origins, enabling readers to identify the distinction between theological and scientific approaches and appreciate the implications of these differences
    • Brings together the teaching which is central to Judaism, Christianity and Islam, providing the reader with an overview of the approaches to creation within these faiths
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    Review of the hardback: 'This book is an example of inter-faith dialogue at its most constructive … This collection is a magnificent achievement. It left me hoping for a thoroughgoing formulation of 'theology and science' which started from what this book lays before us. I venture that almost all we need for the renewal of that field could be found in this exceptional volume.' Church Times

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2010
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521518680
    • length: 288 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 160 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.6kg
    • contains: 1 table
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of contributors
    Preface David D. Burrell and Janet M. Soskice
    Introduction Carlo Cogliati
    1. Creation ex nihilo: early history Ernan McMullin
    2. Creatio ex nihilo: its Jewish and Christian foundations Janet M. Soskice
    3. The act of creation with its theological consequences David D. Burrell
    4. Scotistic metaphysics and creation ex nihilo Alexander Broadie
    5. Creation and the context of theology and science in Maimonides and Crescas Dan Davies
    6. Creation: Avicenna's metaphysical account Rahim Acar
    7. Four conceptions of creatio ex nihilo and the compatibility question Pirooz Fatoorchi
    8. Will, necessity, and creation as monistic theophany in the Islamic philosophical tradition Ibrahim Kalim
    9. Trinity, motion and creation ex nihilo Simon Oliver
    10. The big bang, quantum cosmology and creatio ex nihilo William R. Stoeger
    11. What is written into creation? Simon Conway Morris
    12. Creatio ex nihilo and dual causality James R. Pambrun
    13. God and creatures acting: the idea of double agency Thomas F. Tracy
    14. Thomas Aquinas on knowing and coming to know: the Beatific vision and learning from contingency Eugene F. Rogers.

  • Editors

    David B. Burrell, Uganda Martyrs University
    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, Clare Hall, Cambridge
    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 M. Soskice, University of Cambridge
    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, University of Arizona
    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.


    David D. Burrell, Janet M. Soskice, Carlo Cogliati, Ernan McMullin, Alexander Broadie, Dan Davies, Rahim Acar, Pirooz Fatoorchi, Ibrahim Kalim, Simon Oliver, William R. Stoeger, Simon Conway Morris, James R. Pambrun, Thomas F. Tracy, Eugene F. Rogers

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