Groaning of Creation God, Evolution, and the Problem of Evil

ISBN-10: 0664230903

ISBN-13: 9780664230906

Edition: 2008

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Pain, suffering, and extinction are intrinsic to the evolutionary process. In this book Christopher Southgate shows how the world that is "very good" is also groaning in travail and subjected by God to that travail. Southgate then evaluates several attempts at evolutionary theodicy and argues for his own approach-an approach that takes full account of God's self-emptying and human beings' special responsibilities as created co-creators. Book jacket.
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Book details

List price: $27.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
Publication date: 6/19/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 280
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
The "Good" and the "Groaning"
Evolutionary Theory
Objections: Perhaps There Isn't a Problem After All
Seeing the Creation Truly
Refining the Problem
Responses to the Problem from Darwin Onward
A Key Move in Evolutionary Theodicy
My Own Approach: A Compound Evolutionary Theodicy
Roads Not Taken
Introduction
Creationism and Intelligent Design
God Not the Creator, or Not Benevolent?
The God of Process Theology
Teilhard de Chardin
Doing without a Fall from Paradise
Freedom, Suffering, and Love
Strategies in Evolutionary Theodicy
Introduction
Good-Harm Analyses
The Centrality of a Developmental Approach to the Goods and Harms of Evolution
A Focus on the Suffering of the Individual Creature
God's Co-Suffering with the Creature
An Adventure in the Theology of Creation
Introduction
The Suffering of God
Divine Self-Emptying
Developing a Theology of Evolutionary Creation
The Human Animal and Its "Selving"
God's Providential Action in the World
The Significance of the Cross and Resurrection
Heaven for Pelicans? Eschatological Considerations
Introduction
Eschatology and Cosmology
Motives for Postulating the Existence of Nonhuman Creatures in a Redeemed Creation
Does an Evolutionary Theodicy Require Redemption of Individual Creatures?
Exploring a Redeemed Existence for Creatures at the Eschaton
Why Did God Not Just Create Heaven?
The Call of Humanity
Creation Groaning in Travail
The Freedom of the Glory of the Children of God
Humans as Contemplatives of Creation
Human Nature-Scientific and Theological Understandings
Ethical Kenosis
A Cautionary Word
Possible Callings for Human Beings in Respect of the Rest of Creation
Preisthood of Creation Reconsidered
Conclusion
Ethical Proposals and Conclusion
Introduction
Eschatological Vegetarianism
Global Justice, Global Warming, and the Glass Abbatoir
The Ethics of Extinction
Conclusion
Notes
Index
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