One of the most relevant and accessible writers of theology working today, Hans Schwarz here explores the Christian doctrine of creation from biblical, historical, and scientific perspectives, arguing that true dialogue between religion and the sciences provides the fullest and most meaningful picture of the universe.
Schwarz first surveys scientific explanations for the origins of the universe and of life and discusses the scientific understanding of matter, space, time, and determinism. He then reviews the history of Christian responses to science’s discoveries, including a summary of reactions from Christian scientists. He completes his analysis with a proposal for the development of a Christian understanding of creation.
Through this engaging approach Schwarz leads Christians and scientists away from isolation in their respective arenas and draws them toward an appreciation of their complementary contributions to the questions of humanity’s origin and destiny. Ultimately, he maintains that Christian hope is based neither on science nor on the denial of science, but on God's self-disclosure in the life and destiny of Jesus the Christ.
Hans Schwarz brings to this book the historical depth and the systematic breadth of the German theological tradition. Students will profit from the characteristic rigor of Schwarz’s survey of the Christian doctrine of creation.
This book is a unique chronicle of the relations between science and theology ? from an earlier ‘warfare’ through bifurcation to today's dialogue and possibilities of mutual enrichment. Drawing on lessons learned from this history, theologian Hans Schwarz develops his own doctrine of creation, showing how the ancient biblical story can be creatively related to the insights of modern cosmology.
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