The Creative Suffering of the Triune God: An Evolutionary Theology

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byGloria L. Schaab

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The global reality of suffering and death has always demanded an authentic theological response and impelled debate concerning Gods relationship to suffering, as well as the conceivability of the suffering of God. The scope and impact of this suffering in the last century have driven thisdebate to an acute pitch, demanding to know how one can speak rightly of God in view of the suffering that is inherent and inflicted in the cosmos. While in former ages, some looked to an omnipotent and impassible deus ex machina in answer to this question, many contemporary theologians have revisedtheir understanding of God in relation to the world. With these theologians, Gloria Schaab proposes that a viable response to cosmic suffering is the recognition that the triune Christian God participates in the very sufferings of the cosmos itself. She sets her argument within theology and science dialogue and specifically within the work ofscientist-theologian Arthur Peacocke. Informed by the understandings of evolutionary science, grounded within a panentheistic paradigm of the God-world relationship, and rooted within the Christian theological tradition, this work contends that the understanding of the Triune God as intimatelyinvolved with the suffering of the cosmos is viable and efficacious in view of the suffering of the cosmos and its creatures. It develops a female procreative model of the creative suffering of the Triune God, an ecological ethics based on the midwife model of care, and a pastoral model of threefolddifferentiation of suffering in God as steps toward Christian praxis in response to the mystery of God within the pain, suffering, and death of cosmic existence and human experience.

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The global reality of suffering and death has always demanded an authentic theological response and impelled debate concerning Gods relationship to suffering, as well as the conceivability of the suffering of God. The scope and impact of this suffering in the last century have driven thisdebate to an acute pitch, demanding to know how ...

Gloria L. Schaab is Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology and Associate Dean for General Education at the College of Arts and Sciences at Barry University.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:252 pages, 6.14 × 9.21 × 0.51 inPublished:February 10, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199792240

ISBN - 13:9780199792245

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ARthur R. Peacocke: ForewordAbbreviationsIntroduction1. God in a Suffering Cosmos2. Scientific Foundations of an Evolutionary Theology3. Knowing and Naming in Theology and Science4. Divine Being and Becoming5. Evolution and Divine Suffering6. Feminist, Ecological, and Pastoral ExplorationsConclusion: Speaking Rightly of God?NotesBibliographyIndex