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On Creating the Cosmos

On Creating the Cosmos, by Ted Peters

Last year I introduced readers to one of the leading voices about Christianity and science, John Polkinghorne. I also helped BioLogos bring in another leading voice, Robert Russell. This new series introduces a third prominent Christian thinker, Lutheran theologian Ted Peters, Research Professor Emeritus in Systematic Theology and Ethics at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences (http://www.ctns.org/), and the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California.

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On Creating the Cosmos

On Creating the Cosmos

“I believe that we must now ask for more than simple avoidance of cognitive dissonance. I believe we should seek for cognitive consonance.”
March 20, 2014 
Ted Davis 
Christianity & Science - Then and Now, Creation & Origins, Science & Worldviews 
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Creation Out of Nothing

Creation Out of Nothing

The key point of continuity between redemption and creation is the idea that the future can be different from the past, i.e., the key is eschatology. More abstractly put, God does new things.
April 03, 2014 
Ted Davis 
Biblical Interpretation, Christ & New Creation, Creation & Origins 
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What Does Creation from Nothing Really Mean?

What Does Creation from Nothing Really Mean?

The upshot of all this is that, for the Christian, creator and created are not the same thing. And, more importantly, what is created is fully dependent upon its creator. The cosmos is not ontologically independent.
April 17, 2014 
Ted Davis 
Creation & Origins, Divine Action & Purpose, Earth, Universe & Time 
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Getting Some-thing From No-thing

Getting Some-thing From No-thing

If we explore the notion of eternity a bit further, we note how the concept of eternity need not necessarily imply that creation from nothing must occur in a single instant, in a single moment or all in a flash. To say so would presuppose that eternity is subject to measurement by a temporal continuum, which is just what we tried to avoid by introducing the concept of eternity in the first place.
May 01, 2014 
Ted Davis 
Divine Action & Purpose, Earth, Universe & Time, Science & Worldviews 
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It All Started with a Bang

It All Started with a Bang

What we can say is this: the universe as we know it has not always existed in the past. It has come to be. Discussions of creatio ex nihilo make sense.
May 15, 2014 
Ted Davis 
Divine Action & Purpose, Earth, Universe & Time 
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Is Creation from Nothing Obsolete?

Is Creation from Nothing Obsolete?

We must ask: does creatio ex nihilo help make the Gospel intelligible today? It is my own position that it does. However, not everyone agrees.
May 29, 2014 
Ted Davis 
Creation & Origins, Divine Action & Purpose, Earth, Universe & Time 
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Peters Against the Process Theologians: Did God Really Create the Cosmos?

Peters Against the Process Theologians: Did God Really Create the Cosmos?

Why are we so quick to give up the idea of an initial origin? Or, to put it more precisely, why does a temporal beginning seem to be so expendable when explicating our theological concept of creation out of nothing?
June 12, 2014 
Ted Davis 
Biblical Interpretation, Earth, Universe & Time, Science as Christian Calling 
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Doubting Thomas (Aquinas)

Doubting Thomas (Aquinas)

Once we have placed God in the causal chain, there is no escape from the inevitable question: what caused God?
June 26, 2014 
Ted Davis 
Biblical Interpretation, Divine Action & Purpose, Earth, Universe & Time, Science as Christian Calling 
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Easter for the Universe

Easter for the Universe

Creation is not simply a thing but rather a whole course of natural and historical events in which new things happen every day, a course of events which is bound by its finite future. The end of the cosmos will be something new too.
July 17, 2014 
Ted Davis 
Biblical Interpretation, Divine Action & Purpose, Earth, Universe & Time, Science as Christian Calling 
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