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The Seven Pillars of CreationThe Bible, Science, and the Ecology of Wonder$
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William P. Brown

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199730797

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199730797.001.0001

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From Wonder to Wisdom

(p.3) 1 Introduction
The Seven Pillars of Creation

William P. Brown (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter explores how science and faith can be related positively, despite the deep polarization that exists on the cultural level, thanks to the constant skirmishing between creationism and “soulless scientism.” On the academic level, discussions about theology and science tend to overlook Scripture as a fundamental source of insight. Biblical faith and science share a common sense of wonder, even mystery, that fosters active inquiry about the world. If theology is “faith seeking understanding” and science is “understanding seeking further understanding,” then theology has much to gain from science. But by inviting science into the world of the Bible, traditional notions of authority must be redefined, and the Bible’s diversity must be take into account. The author identifies seven diverse creation traditions and outlines a method of inquiry that proceeds from exploring the biblical text within its own context to appropriating the text in the context of modern science.

Keywords:   faith, evolution, theology, biblical theology, biblical authority, science, scientism, creationism, wonder, mystery, inquiry, Bible

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