Contributions from Systematic Theology

Wolfhart Pannenberg

in The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Science

Published in print April 2008 | ISBN: 9780199543656
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Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

Contributions from Systematic Theology

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This article discusses important issues for a Christian doctrine of creation that is concerned with its relationship to natural science. The issues deal with the core presuppositions that are required for theological use of concepts derived from the natural sciences – just as the biblical account of the creative act of God in Genesis made comparable use of the knowledge about the world of nature that was available at that time. One can consider the production of such creatures to be the intrinsic aim that was implicit in the act of creation. The Christian doctrine of creation strongly affirms the relative independence of creatures – not only with regard to one another, but also with regard to God himself – as essential in the act of creation itself. The personal difference and self-distinction of the Son in relation to the Father is the model for such independent existence of creatures.

Keywords: Christian doctrine; theology; creation; Genesis; independent existence

Article.  6511 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Religion and Science ; Philosophy of Religion

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