Hearing the Outcry of Mute Things: Toward a Jewish Creation Theology

Lawrence Troster

in Ecospirit

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print June 2007 | ISBN: 9780823227457
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823236626 | DOI:

Series: Transdisciplinary Theological Colloquia

Hearing the Outcry of Mute Things: Toward a Jewish Creation               Theology

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This chapter utilizes the work of Hans Jonas as the basis for suggesting the way in which a new Jewish creation theology can develop. A creation theology in the present time must incorporate the findings of modern cosmology and evolutionary biology as its fundamental facts. The Kabbalistic idea of tzimtzum, or the withdrawal of God at the time of creation, in the manner Jonas considers it, can be utilized for a creation theology that allows for God's nonsupernatural involvement with the world. Jonas's theology is also based on sound philosophical foundations, and from these foundations he also produced a model of environmental ethics. Another Kabbalistic idea, the Sitra Achra (Aramaic, the Other Side) can also be utilized to express the idea that God can be both the ground of law and novelty; the source of creativity but also the necessary process of creative destruction.

Keywords: Jewish theology; ecological theology; creation theology; Kaballa; Hans Jonas; tzimtzum

Chapter.  6774 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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