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Creative Suffering of the Triune GodAn Evolutionary Theology$
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Gloria L. Schaab

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195329124

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195329124.001.0001

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 Scientific Foundations of an Evolutionary Theology

 Scientific Foundations of an Evolutionary Theology

(p.39) 2 Scientific Foundations of an Evolutionary Theology
Creative Suffering of the Triune God

Gloria L. Schaab (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

Chapter 2 explores the epic of an evolving universe in order to understand the entities, structures, and processes that disclose the nature, attributes, and purposes of its Creator. This exploration investigates insights regarding the origin of the cosmos and engages scientific theories that challenge classical conceptions of the God‐world relationship. It focuses on Darwinian and neo‐Darwinian theories that suggest an ongoing creativity immanent in the cosmos itself. It probes the interaction of law and chance that suggests freedom and autonomy inherent in the evolving cosmos and that raises questions concerning the operation of divine omnipotence and omniscience in relation to cosmic events. Arriving at the conclusion that such cosmic freedom and autonomy implies an intrinsic measure of risk, pain, suffering, and even death for its creatures and its Creator, this exploration finds itself in an inexorable movement toward the inference of the suffering of God in, with, and under the suffering of the cosmos.

Keywords:   evolution, Darwin, natural selection, differential reproduction, necessity, chance, emergence, vitalism, creationism, Lamarckism

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