Friday, April 13, 2012
Creation is an act of kenosis, i.e. a "self-emptying," whereby the Creator pours out the divine-self to "make room" for something other than the divine-self. Yet creation is not so much "event" as it is a series of dynamic, ongoing, purposeful and transformative processes. In the initial act of creation, God calls the cosmos into being from non-being (creatio ex nihilo). But God also continues to call and draw the cosmos towards the gradual attainment of greater and greater complexity (creatio continua), eventually manifesting itself in the emergence of life, sentience, consciousness, rationality, moral awareness, spirituality, love, beauty, joy, and ultimately, the beatific vision. Considered in terms of mere physicalism, these processes may be rightly subsumed under the scientific term "evolution."
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Part Two: Theosis Realized
Posted by Dan Dunlap at 2:06 PM
Saturday, April 07, 2012
Barth had never held or insinuated that the resurrection of Christ had been anything but a physical resurrection or that the Church's faith in the resurrection was rooted in anything less than historical event. Barth's earlier statements that seemed to dismiss the "empty tomb" were not about denying the existence of a grave or a sepulcher located somewhere in or around Jerusalem, but rather about the legendary character of the resurrection accounts found in the gospels.
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