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Creation [Paperback]

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Pages   254
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.18" Width: 6.06" Height: 0.76"
Weight:   0.82 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 2002
Publisher   Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
ISBN  0802860664  
EAN  9780802860668  


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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.

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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.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Hans Schwarz (DrTheol, Erlangen University), the author or editor of more than fifty books, is professor of systematic theology and contemporary theological issues at the University of Regensburg in Regensburg, Germany. He previously taught at Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Ohio.

Hans Schwarz was born in 1939.

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Excellent Book!  Mar 29, 2008
This is the fourth (and final) book on Creation/Evolution that I've finished this past week or so, and it feels a bit like I'm just leaving a whirlwind. The other books that are on my mind as I review this book are Darwin's The Origin of Species, Denis Edwards' The God of Evolution, and Ted Peters' and Martinez Hewlett's book "Evolution from Creation to New Creation" (all which I'd recommend).

As with how I'd imagine virtually any book on these topics would be structured, Schwarz starts out his excellent book by giving an overview of the scientific worldview, of what he titles "The Dawning of Modern Science." He then (in the first Part of the book) goes on to discuss "The Attack of Materialism" and the "Attack of Evolution." It's important to note that these titles imply much more violent sections than they really are. What Schwarz is really doing is talking about the perceived attacks of the pair of materialism and evolution.

Part II of the book is perhaps the most fascinating to someone interested in science, but I must confess that I personally had the most difficult time with it (my dad has a PhD in the field of Chemistry, but my knowledge of science is pretty minimal - but I feel like I learned a lot from this book, even in survey form). Part II of the book is "The World in Scientific Perspective" and gives an excellent survey of 1. The Universe - discussing such things as Matter and Antimatter, Steady State Theory, Quantum Cosmology et. al.; 2. Life - discussion such things as the Genetic Foundation of Evolution, The Origin of life, et. al.; and 3. A Relativistic Understanding of the World - looking at such issues as the Dissolution of Matter, the Relatively of Space and Time, et. al. I found that section 3 was the most compelling and fascinating. I remember learning in systematic theology about the shift from Newtonian thought over to much more recent advances in the sciences, but Schwarz really does an amazing job of laying this transition out - showing how the workings of the Universe are nowhere near as `set' as they were once assumed to be. "Contrary to classical physics, the state of a physical system is not just a catalogue of actualities that is simply so, `but is also a network of potentialities'" (p. 72).

Part III of the book the looks at the massive topic of "Regaining a Christian Faith in Creation" - the section that takes up the largest part of the book by far. The two major headings in the section are "The Gradual Rediscovery of the Created Order" and "Developing a Christian Understanding of Creation." People of note discussed in this part of the book are Charles Hodge (who Schwarz points out is largely responsible for the evolution = atheism idea - see p. 92ff), von Weizsäcker, Hawking, Tipler, Barth, Pannenberg, and Moltmann. Most interesting I found was that he also included a section on Special Providence: Miracles and Prayers (213ff).

Schwarz's overall idea in the book is first to show that theology and science do not necessarily need to be pitted against each other: in fact they should not be. Second, and in line with the first, Schwarz wants to show that evolutionary ideas are not at all contrary to the biblical witness: in fact they can and do strengthen the biblical witness. This he does by carefully working through all of the above topics to arrive at some very solid, very powerful (and very hopeful!) conclusions. He ends the book by saying, "The question about creation is not just a theoretical one, it is also deeply existential. The assurance and confidence that we are not here by accident, that we know where we are going and that somebody cares, alleviates human anxiety and makes life both bearable and rewarding" (p.241).
 

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