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The Many and the One

Creation as Participation in Augustine and Aquinas

How God relates to the world lies at the heart of the most intense debates in modern theological and philosophy. Movements of Nouvelle Theologie, process theology, radical orthodoxy, modern Trinitarian theology and postmodern theology (i. Les mer
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How God relates to the world lies at the heart of the most intense debates in modern theological and philosophy. Movements of Nouvelle Theologie, process theology, radical orthodoxy, modern Trinitarian theology and postmodern theology (i.e. Jean-Luc Marion) all seek to reconsider God's relation to the world as a corrective of what they perceive as problematic. Of particular significance is the recent revival of the theology of participation, as promoted by Radical Orthodoxy in UK and Hans Boersma in North America. Facing excessive secularism and fragmentation of the modern Western world, Radical Orthodoxy and Boersma resort to the pre-modern theology of participation as the way forward. Relying heavily on Platonism, however, their participatory theology, as critics pointed out, tends to compromise the intrinsic goodness of the creation. In this book, Ge proposes that a distinctively Christian theology of participation anchored in creatio ex nihilo, developed by Augustine and brought to the fore by Aquinas, provides a more promising solution which not only secures the unity of things in God but also the goodness of creaturely plurality.

Since participation in its origin is a solution to the problem of the One and the Many, Ge employs Gunton's framework of the one and the many in her discussion of Augustine and Aquinas's theologies of participation. By reshaping their concepts of participation in the light of the doctrine of creation, Ge argues, these thinkers have profoundly transformed the metaphysics of participation, making it finally more suitable for describing the unique relationship between God's unity and creaturely plurality. This Christian metaphysics of participation is not only an advance on Radical Orthodoxy and Boersma, but also superior to competing theories of reality such as pluralism and reductionist physicalism. The book will also bring out implications for modern science-religion dialogues, the core of which concerns how God relates to the world.

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Innholdsfortegnelse

Introduction

Part One: Augustine's Participatory Ontology

Chapter One: Augustine's Participatory Ontology and the Question of Unity

Chapter Two: Multiplicity and Matter in Augustine's Participatory Ontology

Chapter Three: Transcendence and Immanence in Augustine's Participatory Ontology

Part Two: Aquinas's Participatory Ontology

Chapter Four: Aquinas's Theology of Participation and the Concept of Unity

Chapter Five: Multiplicity in Aquinas's Theology of Participation

Chapter Six: Transcendence and Immanence in Aquinas's Participatory Ontology

Conclusion

Om forfatteren

Yonghua Ge is assistant professor of theology and intercultural philosophy at ACTS Seminaries of Trinity Western University.