Cosmology, ecology, and the energy of God by Donna Bowman

By Donna Bowman

This ebook brings jointly strategy and postmodern theologians to mirror at the an important subject of strength, asking: What are many of the connections among power and theology? How do principles approximately humanity and divinity interrelate with how we are living our lives?

Its members handle power in no less than 3 targeted methods. First, by way of physics, the invention of darkish power in 1998 exposed a mysterious strength that appears riding the inflation of the universe. right here cosmology converges with theological mirrored image in regards to the nature and beginning of the universe.

Second, the social and ecological contexts of power use and the present strength difficulty have theological implications insofar as they're stuck up with final human meanings and values.

Finally, in additional conventional theological phrases of divine religious power, we will be able to ask how human conceptions of strength relate to divine strength when it comes to inventive strength

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It is its original Greek, that makes it of special interest to the present discussion. Paul repeatedly uses the language of energy, energeia, in this passage. ” Not a God who works on us from outside, who does our work for us, but who energizes our inter-activities. Not a God above pulling strings, but the energy of our intimate/infinite entanglement? This spiritual body, identified at once (and at the same time) as the church and the Christ, appears to be woven of interdependent “energizations,” throbs of actualization, emotive, gifted, and alive.

Nor can humans participate in the persons of the Trinity (hypostaseis), for the hypostatic union belongs to the Son alone. ”30 Lossky concludes, “We are therefore compelled to recognize in God an ineffable distinction . . ”31 God therefore exists in two modes: en ousia (in essence), God is known only to Godself, while en energeia (as energy), God communicates Godself outside Godself. At this juncture one might be tempted to map the distinction between essence and energy onto the distinction between the “immanent” Trinity (which expresses God eternally within the Godhead) and the “economic” Trinity (which expresses God temporally out to creation).

This may just be a projection of our late modern alienation, echoing premodern associations of darkness with the diabolical. But a cosmological “marriage of heaven and hell” may be happening at the creative edges of natural science. We are learning of an immediate connectivity operating across the widest distances, where there is no empty void but rather an infinitely plastic body of mysterious energy. And the very energy of the expansion may flow from the intimacy of the entanglement. Never mind the math.

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