Re: [asa] Theology of Nature

From: Ted Davis <>
Date: Thu Oct 23 2008 - 16:13:20 EDT

>>> Gregory Arago <> 10/23/2008 4:04 PM >>> asks:

How can there be a ̔theology of nature̓?

Surely there can be a 'science of nature.' But is there a distinct ̔theology of nature̓ and what does it (or might it) mean in today̓s academy?


Ted replies:

Excellent questions, Gregory. I use this term (and other do also) to mean "theology of creation," more or less, but esp as distinguished from "natural theology." By "theology of nature," I mean the larger theological perspective within which one understands nature and the study of nature (science). An example would be panentheism (a view I do not hold); another would be Torrance's view that nature has a contingent rationality, reflecting the freedom and rationality of the Godhead.

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