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This title covers the content and implications of the Christian Doctrine of Creation, largely in conversation with its history. The opening chapters discuss the origins of the doctrine in the Bible and early theology, bringing out the implications of the main teaching for the modern content. Later chapters engage with the relation beetween the doctrine and the emergence of modern science. The final chapters centre on the related dogmatic themes such as providence and the ethics of creation.
This book provides a theological history of the Christian doctrine of creation and explores the implications of the doctrine for our modern scientific age. Colin Gunton begins by looking at the origins of the doctrine of creation in the Bible and relating the biblical view to Greek cosmology. He then examines the history of the doctrine, showing how theologians from Irenaeus to Barth have spoken of creation. Gunton argues that early in the development of the doctrine serious mistakes were made that have led to highly problematic outcomes, such as the divorce of theology from science. In the closing chapters Gunton focuses on related themes, such as providence, eschatology, and the ethics of creation.