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Seeing the World and Knowing GodHebrew Wisdom and Christian Doctrine in a Late-Modern Context$
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Paul S. Fiddes

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199644100

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199644100.001.0001

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The Complexity of the World and the Extent of Wisdom

The Complexity of the World and the Extent of Wisdom

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Seeing the World and Knowing God

Paul S. Fiddes

Oxford University Press

Taking up the perception of ancient Hebrew wisdom about the complexity of the world in its inexhaustible and ummeasurable extent, this chapter begins with late-modern scientific awareness of the limits of human knowledge. Complexity in this perspective arises from initial conditions of chaos, uncertainty, interaction, and a range of possibilities. As in ancient wisdom, complexity is a situation in which talk of God comes alive, as long as God is envisaged as complex rather than simple being, or in other words as Trinity. The same conclusion may be reached from considering the world as a complex network of signs. God's creative activity in the world can then be understood as influencing a world which participates in a perichoretic event of three interweaving relationships, rather than as the work of three transcendent subjects, thus evoking a divine wisdom which overcomes the gap between subject and object, self and world.

Keywords:   complexity theory, chaos theory, uncertainty principle, possibilities, simplicity, Trinity, relationships, perichoresis, subject and object

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