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Groaning of Creation: Final Thoughts

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We share our final thoughts on The Groaning of Creation.  Despite its relatively small size, it was densely packed with rich ideas to discuss and explore as Southgate covered a broad range of theologians and philosophers.

Here we give our final thoughts on this book.

We look forward for all our readers to join us for our next book in 2018.

Chapter 7: “Ethical Proposals and Conclusion” – Part II

 

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Should we work to prevent mass extinctions from happening, or at least lessen its rapid acceleration, or should we let it be and let Nature take its course?

 

We come to the end of the book as we finish off Chapter 7 of Christopher Southgate’s The Groaning of Creation.

 

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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.

 

 

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.

 

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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.

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Update: New Menu and sub-menu topic added – Cognitive Neuroscience and Theology

Just created several new pages pertaining to current studies within Cognitive Neuroscience and Theology under the new menu category Science and Theology on top.

Some topics of interest include:

  • free will; how human emotions affect our decisions
  • biblical understanding of the afterlife
  • is there an intermediate state after death?
  • do our identities survive after death?  If so, then how?
  • what the Apostle Paul believed about the afterlife
  • eschatological ontology
  • role of genetics and environmental influences upon the brain in relation with human free will
  • consciousness and the soul; do we even have a soul?
  • the selective and fluid nature of memory; false memories
  • Why are there so many factual discrepancies in the gospel narratives and accounts in the New Testament?

Check out the new page here.