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Religion and Creation$
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Keith Ward

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780198263937

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198263937.001.0001

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Creation and Modern Cosmology

Creation and Modern Cosmology

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Religion and Creation

Keith Ward

Oxford University Press

This chapter attempts to make explicit a specifically Christian doctrine of God as Trinity, in the light of the new perspective on the universe which modern cosmology provides, and in response to the current major theological dialogues. The chapter's intent is to show how positive conversation, far from merging everything in one dull uniformity, can enrich religious distinctiveness, while attenuating the exclusiveness, usually born of ignorance, which denies the important complementary insights of other traditions. The Christian tradition gives a distinctively Trinitarian shape to the doctrine of creation. By drawing together various strands of thought about God and placing them in the context of modern cosmological theory, a way is suggested in which the Trinitarian shape of creation can be understood.

Keywords:   creation, cosmology, Trinity, Christian tradition, space-time, relativity

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