About Providence, Divine Action and the Church

In this blog, Terry J. Wright posts thoughts and shares research on the Christian doctrine of providence. This doctrine testifies to God’s provision for all things through creation’s high priest, the man Christ Jesus. However, the precise meaning and manner of this provision is a perpetually open question, and this blog is a forum for discussion of the many issues relating to providence and the place of the Church within God’s action.

Saturday, 18 June 2011

Has God Evolved?

Those who read my review of Denis Edwards’s How God Acts, Chapter 6, will know that I was very much inspired by the idea that in assuming flesh, the Word also takes the processes of creation into God. In Chapter 7, Edwards writes:

In Jesus of Nazareth, God becomes a vital part of all the interconnected systems and physical processes of our planet, part of the evolutionary history of life on Earth, part of the story of the expanding and evolving universe. God embraces all this in order to bring it to its completion. (p. 123).

This quotation is as good a summary of Edwards’s position on God and evolution as any. Could Edwards’s insight feed a theology of providence in which God is properly said first to exercise providence over Godself, in so far as God gives God to Godself in eternity? Of course, I could be disappearing up my own bum thinking like this, but … well, let me think about this some more, and in 2054 I might publish on this idea!

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