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UPDATE: The Groaning of Creation – Chapter 5 – Part II

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Will predators continue to hunt prey in the new creation?

We finish up Chapter 5 of Christopher Southgate’s The Groaning of Creation.

One of the things that our group has learned, especially in this chapter, is how theology can be so speculative.  This proves to be true when dealing with a possible afterlife of animals.  This in turn transfers over to the speculative nature of what happens after death for humans as well.  In other words, there’s a whole lot of guessing and head-scratching involved, and including animals into the mix complicates it way more.

In Christian tradition or theology, it seems someone clear-cut as to what happens after death since we rely heavily upon the Bible as to what happens.  However, when you dig deeper, you will see that it is not so clear-cut as you would’ve liked it to have been.  For instance, early in the Old Testament there was a belief that all living souls went to an under-realm for the dead called “Sheol” which was very different from more popular understandings of heaven or the afterlife.  A post-mortem existence and possible afterlife and a resurrection of the dead appears in the post-exilic portion of the Old Testament (the book of Daniel in particular) that is further developed first by the writings of Paul and then the later gospel writings to varying degrees.

In other words, the Bible carries within it multiple views of what happens after death.  Even sparser or non-existent are what happens to animals after death.

Here are our essays related to these topics.

 

 

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The Groaning of Creation: Chapter 5 – Part II

 

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What will the predator and prey relationship be like in the new earth?  Will we all become vegetarians?  Will there be any need for food sources?

 

We will finish Chapter 5 of The Groaning of Creation.

 

Please answer one of the following questions:

 

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UPDATE: The Groaning of Creation: Chapter 5 – “Heaven for Pelicans? Eschatological Considerations – Part I

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God’s covenant with animals.

 

This past Sunday we completed the first half of Chapter 5 of Christopher Southgate’s The Groaning of Creation.

 

Here are our essays.

 

“The Groaning of Creation” – Chapter 5: “Heaven for Pelicans? Eschatological Considerations” – Part I

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This week we will be covering the first 4 sections of Chapter 5 of Christopher Southgate’s The Groaning of Creation.

Please answer one of the following questions:

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UPDATE: “Groaning of Creation” – Chapter 4: Part III

 

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Does God need to experience pain and suffering like we do necessary for Objective atonement?

 

We complete chapter 4 of Christopher Southgate’s The Groaning of Creation.

Here are our essays.

 

 

Chapter 4: “An Adventure in the Theology of Creation” – Part II

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Deep intratrinitarian kenosis

 

We will finish the rest of Chapter 4 of Southgate’s The Groaning of Creation.

Please answer one of the questions below:

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UPDATE: Chapter 4.4 – “Developing a Theology of Evolutionary Creation”

 

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Does evolutionary creation lend itself to self-transcendence?

 

During our conversation last Sunday, we had a hard time trying to grasp Southgate’s meaning of the word “transcendence”.  We also had a hard time defining the word “love” as well in a philosophical sense.  Seems simple enough until you get down the deep theological and philosophical aspects of it rather than the simple everyday notions of the word “love”.

Here are our essays.

 

Chapter 4.4 – “Developing a Theology of Evolutionary Creation”

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This week we will go over Section 4.4 of The Groaning of Creation.

This week, the questions have been asked by Christopher from our group.

Please write an essay on one of the questions below:

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UPDATE: Chapter 4: “An Adventure in the Theology of Creation” – Part I

 

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Hans Urs von Balthasar (1905 – 1988), Swiss Roman Catholic theologian

 

We had another intense conversation this past Sunday as we began our first dip into Chapter 4 of Southgate’s book.

We discussed topics on God’s passability and suffering, whether or not God could attain new levels of self-actualization, the relationship of the persons within the Trinity, whether or not consciousness exists in inorganic matter, if God created an ambiguous world, and Jurgen Moltmann’s and Hans Urs von Balthasar’s views on kenosis and the Trinity.

Yes, we covered a lot of topics to say the least.

Here are our essays.

 

 

“The Groaning of Creation” – Chapter 4: “An Adventure in the Theology of Creation” – Part I

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Did God the Father grieve when Jesus suffered and died?  If so, then did God change?  Does God change if he suffers?  Can God experience new things?  Grünewald, Matthias “The Crucifixion”, 1515; Detail from the Isenheim altarpiece

 

 

We will cover the first three sections of Chapter 4 of Southgate’s The Groaning of Creation.

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