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Christianity and Science: Toward a Theology of Nature (Theology in Global Perspective Series) Paperback – September 30, 2007
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John F Haught is Landegger Distinguished Service Professor of Theology at Georgetown University and the author of 10 books including God After Darwin.
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In the early part of the book, Haught lays a careful and very interesting foundation for evolution showing that, "For fourteen billion years the universe has shown itself to possess a fathomless reserve of creativity." (page 64)
Thereafter he relies heavily on the insights of Teilhard de Chardin who trusts that the same creativity that has brought the universe to where it is now will forever have ample room for still more to occur. In other words, the universe is a process. "Every occurrence persists enduringly as an ingredient in those that follow. ... Each present moment in any process is a `subject' that synthesizes the series of preceding events into itself in one way or another." (page 159)
Nature, thus, "is not simply and solely the outcome of a past series of mechanical causes, but also the anticipation and promise of an indeterminate cosmic future--including eventually a decisive and final victory of life over death, and consciousness over unconsciousness." (page 172).
What is appealing to me about Haught's perspective is:
1. It builds on the idea that creation is still ongoing. I see this as a call to become responsible co-creators with God in the unfolding of our unfinished universe.
2. It conceives of God as an infinite reservoir of new possibilities upon which both science and also human creativity can draw.
3. It provides a space where believers in a personal God together with believers in a god within creation can gather and converse without the love-hate relationship that has characterized science and Christianity here-to-fore.
I very much appreciate having read and learned from this book.
So, whether you are already convinced of his thesis or are at the extreme far right or far left on the question of God, you can take a deep breath and enjoy the heck out of this book. Hmmm. Think I'll go read it again!