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When Making Makes No Nuttin’ Difference

We have to be careful. It’s easy to misconstrue the Christian claim that God has created the universe out of nothing. In his popular book Theology and Sanity, Frank Sheed writes: God made it. And He made it of nothing. … Continue reading

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Ex Nihilo Nonnihil Fit: “from nothing something comes”

Can we imagine the universe spontaneously emerging from nothing? I would have thought that the answer would obviously and logically be no—as long as nothing is understood as it was in classical philosophy and theology: the absence of any thing … Continue reading

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It’s Tortoises All the Way Down!

“In the beginning God made the heaven and the earth. Yet the earth was invisible and unformed, and darkness was over the abyss, and a divine wind was being carried along over the water.” (Gen 1:1-2) That the one God … Continue reading

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Exorcizing the God of the Gaps

The rise of modern science created a problem for Christian theology. If God is not scientifi­cally needed to explain why water freezes at 32°F or why the stars come out at night, if the universe is just a self-powered machine … Continue reading

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God in Science: No Need for that Hypothesis

It’s funny how one can remember something read decades earlier but cannot remember the contents of a book read only last week. Back in seminary I read a little book by Arthur A. Vogel titled The Power of His Resurrection. … Continue reading

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The Christian Distinction: God + World ≠ 2

“God” permeates our conversation. Each year hundreds of books are published about God. I did a search on Amazon.com and found that there are 692,970 works with “God” in the title. There is no escaping the term, even if it … Continue reading

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Slowly Reading St Athanasius: Playing the Creation Card

by John Stamps These things, then, they fantasize. But the inspired teaching and faith according to Christ casts out their vain talk as godlessness. For it knows that neither spontaneously, as it is not without providence, nor from pre-existent matter, … Continue reading

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Creatio ex Nihilo: The World Plus God is Not More Than God Alone

Diogenes Allen begins his book Philosophy for Understanding Theology (1st ed.) with a chapter on the Christian doctrine of creation. One might initially think this an odd decision. When I ponder the theological use of philosophical conceptuality, I immediately think of … Continue reading

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