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God in Creation

(Systematic Contributions to Theology #2)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  143 ratings  ·  7 reviews
The title expresses the book's intention: not to go on distinguishing between God and the world, so as then to surrender the world, as godless, to its scientific 'disenchantment' and its technical exploitation by human beings, but instead to discover God in all the beings he has created and to find his life-giving Spirit in the community of creation that they share. This v ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published September 1st 1993 by Fortress Press (first published November 30th 1984)
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Dec 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
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If this were my first Moltmann, I'm not sure what I would think. I'm sure I probably would have been offended by his dethroning of more popular creation theologies that place the human individual at the center. Moltmann is able to reverse this methodology by beginning with a astonishingly simple question: "what does creation mean for God?" As another example of circumventing anthrocentric creation theologies, Moltmann takes questions of theological anthropology by addressing it from a new perspe ...more
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Jul 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
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I just finished "God in Creation," by Moltmann.

Very good. It is a 4 in difficulty but it is very good.

I dont write chapter summaries when I am drinking through a fire hose. This was Moltmann's 1984-85 Gifford Lectures on natural theology.

His weaving of creation with anthropological and messianic themes is quite interesting and it gives life to what has commonly been a topic not quite fleshed out. I also appreciate how he isnt scared to introduce evolution or quantum physics into the dialog. As
Jul 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Wow. I think this might be my favourite Moltmann book so far. The chapters on 'The Time of Creation', 'God's Image in Creation' and 'The Sabbath: The Feast of Creation' are particularly powerful, but the whole book is a beautiful outworking of a theology that takes ecological concerns seriously. ...more
Ryan Ward
Oct 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. Dense at points theologically and philosophically but with some beautiful insights about God's existence in and through creation and what this means for understanding our relationship with the earth and one another. ...more
Jeremy Garber
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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What if we saw the Trinity everywhere around us? Moltmann, in his usual deft, intelligent, and penetrating style, examines this notion in his Gifford Lectures from 1984 to 1985. Moltmann emphasizes panentheism, the doctrine that God is in all parts of our world but also outside time and space as the Creator of everything. Most importantly, Moltmann consistently returns to stressing the importance of the Trinity in each endeavor – that God is no more important than Jesus or the Holy Spirit, and t ...more
Oct 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
A wonderful exposition of the First Article, in creatively Barthian form. I particularly loved the emphasis on the sabbath, subject of a too-short final chapter but structurally significant throughout, and the material on what, if anything, it might mean for the imago dei to be lost or impaired.
Wesley Ellis
May 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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An absolutely amazing book! It gets better and better as you go along. It has to be considered one of the best theological works on creation and anthropology in history. This is right up there with Crucified God and Theology of Hope!
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Jürgen Moltmann is a German Reformed theologian. He is the 2000 recipient of the Louisville Grawemeyer Award in Religion.

Moltmann's Theology of Hope is a theological perspective with an eschatological foundation and focuses on the hope that the resurrection brings. Through faith we are bound to Christ, and as such have the hope of the resurrected Christ ("Praise be to the God and Father of our Lor

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Systematic Contributions to Theology (5 books)
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