Monthly Archives: April 2015

Absolute Deity: Being, Beyond Being, or a Being?

Is God a being among beings or Being itself? This is the question presently being discussed by philosophers Bill Vallicella and Dale Tuggy. If this is a question that interests you, please jump over to Vallicella’s website and read his … Continue reading

Posted in Theology | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 22 Comments

Creatio ex Nihilo: The Oordian Demiurge

Thomas Jay Oord: creatio ex creatione a natura amoris “Curiouser and curiouser!” cried Alice after falling down the rabbit hole. Like most of his fellow contributors to Theologies of Creation, Thomas Jay Oord believes that “we need an alternative to … Continue reading

Posted in Book Reviews, Philosophical Theology | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

“Break your bread for the hungry, Lord, the bread that is yourself”

“Their eyes were opened, and they knew him when he broke the bread.” When bread is broken, it is in a way diminished, or “emptied.” By breaking understand the virtue of humility, by which Christ—even he who is the bread of … Continue reading

Quote | Posted on by | 2 Comments

Creato ex Nihilo: Alternative Proposals (3)

Michael Lodahl: creatio ex amore So what’s wrong with saying that God creates the world out of love? Almost nothing. Is this not the gospel? Has not this message been proclaimed to the world for two millennia? “Creation is an … Continue reading

Posted in Book Reviews, Philosophical Theology | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments

Creatio ex Nihilo: Alternative Proposals (2)

Stephen H. Webb: creatio a materia ex Christi Stephen Webb rejects the creatio ex nihilo for the good reason that it prevents him from saying the one thing that Christians have always denied: God is material. Webb does not really … Continue reading

Posted in Book Reviews, Philosophical Theology | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Creatio ex Nihilo: Alternative Proposals (1)

The new book Theologies of Creation, edited by Thomas Jay Oord, presents ten essays by different theologians addressing the doctrine of creation, with critical attention to the creatio ex nihilo. The majority of the theologians find the traditional doctrine problematic, … Continue reading

Posted in Book Reviews, Philosophical Theology | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Creatio ex Nihilo: The Grammar of Agency

Until we grasp the radical transcendence of the eternal Creator, we cannot think rightly either his providential action in the world or of the peculiar freedom that we, as creatures, enjoy in him. Like the ancient Greeks we typically conceive … Continue reading

Posted in Philosophical Theology | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment