David Fergusson

in The Oxford Handbook of Systematic Theology

Published in print September 2007 | ISBN: 9780199245765
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology


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The doctrine of creation has undergone a resurgence of interest in recent years. The ecological crisis has encouraged study of the theology of the natural environment, while also recalling the problematic legacy of earlier church teaching and practice in this field. Physicists have reinvigorated the case for older cosmological and design arguments for the existence of God as creator. At the same time, biblical scholars have rediscovered how pervasive the theme of creation is throughout scripture. Salvation history has a cosmic context that cannot be ignored. Recognition of this biblical integration of creation with other significant themes promoted a sense of its significance for other articles of faith. This applies particularly to the doctrines of the Trinity, anthropology, and redemption. In the field of comparative theology, study of the doctrine of creation has been undertaken with reference not only to Judaism, Christianity, and Islam but also to the eastern religions.

Keywords: Christianity; creation; theological debates; ecological crisis; scripture; salvation history; Trinity

Article.  9097 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Philosophy of Religion

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