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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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 Divine Being and Becoming

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Creative Suffering of the Triune God

Gloria L. Schaab (Contributor Webpage)

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Chapter 4 examines the impact of Arthur Peacocke's evolutionary cosmology, biology, epistemology, and methodology on Christian theology and demonstrates how these insights come to fruition in an understanding of a Triune God. A particular model concerning the God‐world relationship emerges from the interaction of these insights. The model is panentheism, which denotes that the Being of God includes and penetrates the whole universe—a universe pervaded by pain, suffering, and death—but is not exhausted by the universe itself. Within this panentheistic paradigm, the Triune God is conceived as the transcendent Ground of Being who is immanently creative under the groaning of the cosmos and who becomes incarnate in the cruciformity of the cosmos with its ubiquitous suffering. It concludes with an analysis of Peacocke's proposals using fourfold criteria of intelligibility: fit with data, simplicity, fecundity, and pastoral efficacy.

Keywords:   Creator, creatio ex nihilo, creatio continua, anthropic principle, whole‐part influence, top‐down causation, omniscience; panentheism, Trinity, suffering

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