How God acts : creation, redemption, and special divine action / Denis Edwards.Series: Theology and the sciencesPublication details: Minneapolis [Minn.] : Fortress Press, ©2010Description: xvi, 207 p. ; 23 cmISBN: 9780800697006; 0800697006Additional physical formats: Risorsa digitale:: How God actsDDC classification: 231.5
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Foreword / by William R. Stoeger -- Introduction -- Characteristics of the universe revealed by the sciences -- A universe that evolves at all levels -- A universe constituted by patterns of relationship -- A universe where natural processes have their own integrity -- A directional universe -- The cost of evolution -- Divine action in the Christ-event -- Jesus' vision of divine action : the reign of God -- Parables of divine action -- Healing -- The open table -- The community of disciples -- Divine action for Jesus -- Divine action in the light of the whole Christ-event -- God who lovingly waits upon creation -- The vulnerability of divine love -- Creation as divine self-bestowal -- The specific and historical character of divine acts -- Creation as the self-bestowal of God -- Enabling and empowering evolutionary emergence -- Noninterventionist divine action -- Enabling creaturely autonomy to flourish -- Divine action that accepts the limits of creaturely processes -- Creating through chance and lawfulness -- Special divine acts -- Special acts in the providential guidance of creation -- Approaches to special divine acts -- Divine action through secondary causes -- God's special acts in evolutionary emergence -- The dynamism and the creaturely limits of special divine acts -- Special divine acts in the life of grace -- Experiences of the Holy Spirit -- Personal providence -- Disruptive grace -- Special divine acts in the history of salvation -- Mediation by created realities -- Sacramental structure of special divine acts -- Miracles and the laws of nature -- The miracles of Jesus -- Aquinas on the dignity of secondary causes -- The laws of nature -- A theological approach -- The divine act of resurrection -- Resurrection : a free act of God from within creation that gives creation its deepest meaning -- Central expression of God's act of self-bestowal -- Evolutionary christology -- Sacrament of salvation -- Resurrection as ontological transformation -- Resurrection expressed in creation through secondary causes -- Experience of the risen Christ in the Christian community today -- The Easter appearances -- The eschatological transformation of creation -- God's redeeming act : deifying transformation -- Redemption and deification through incarnation in Athanasius -- The God-creation relationship -- The central place of Christ's death and resurrection -- Deification in Christ -- Exploring a theology of redemption as deifying transformation -- The deifying transformation of human beings -- The deifying transformation of the material universe -- The deifying transformation of the biological world -- A participatory theology of redemption -- God's redeeming act : evolution, original sin, and the Lamb of God -- The scapegoat mechanism -- Evolutionary science on human emergence -- Original grace and original sin in evolutionary history -- The end of scapegoating and the beginning of new creation -- Final fulfilment : the deifying transformation of creation -- We hope for what we do not see : God as absolute future -- Hope for the whole creation in the New Testament : Romans 8:18-25 -- Hope for the universe in patristic tradition : Maximus the Confessor -- The deification of the universe : Karl Rahner -- The deification of matter -- Radical transformation -- Real continuity -- Hope for the animals -- Prayers of intercession -- God wants our participation -- Sharing what matters with the beloved -- Entrusting ourselves to God -- Prayer as desire for God.
How does the Christian doctrine of creation square with the picture of an evolving universe we receive from science today? How do the badly predatory behavior and wasteful extinction of whole species fit in with a Christian understanding? These and a host of related questions raised by ordinary experience are tackled in this important and original work from theologian Denis Edwards. From providence and miracles to resurrection and intercessory prayer, Edwards shows how a basically noninterventionist model of divine action does justice to the universe as we know it and also to central convictions of Christian faith about the goodness of God, the promises of God, and the fulfillment of creation. Here is wonderfully lucid theology supporting a vision of how God is at work in the universe.