But I’m not posting to discuss parapsychology. I wish to reproduce Yong’s ten speculative theses on what he calls a pluralistic cosmos – that is, a spirit-filled world – discussed on pp. 208–224.
1. The triune God is the only necessary, transcendent, and purely spiritual reality.
2. The creation narrative reveals that the triune God creates all things as good and brings about order and complexity by Spirit (ruach or pneuma) and Word (through divine speech).
3. God is the primordial source of the transcendentals, for example, the good, the beautiful, and the true, but the dialectically oppositional aspects of the axiological, alethic, aesthetic, moral, and spiritual dimensions of the world only fully emerge in the cosmos with the appearance of Homo sapiens, supervening upon their relationships.
4. The emergence of spirit in humanity intensified further the spiritual dimension already latent in the very fabric of our interrelational cosmos.
5. Angelic spirits … are emergent benevolent realities that minister the salvific grace of God to human lives.
6. Demonic spirits … are divergent (as opposed to emergent) malevolent realities that oppose the salvific grace of God in human lives.
7. But the good news is that the triune God continues to work to redeem the world incarnationally (Word) and pentecostally (Spirit), and in this dispensation, such is being accomplished through the church.
8. Negatively put, the redemptive work of the church involves participating in the life and ministry of Christ by the power of his Spirit and naming, resisting, and, where appropriate, exorcising the demonic and delivering the oppressed from its destructive powers.
9. The eschatological redemption of the triune God will involve concrete and material bodies and their emergent inner and spiritual aspects, both announced as good in the primordial creation.
10. On the other “side,” the recalcitrant, reprobate, and irredeemable powers will finally experience (self) destruction, also understood as the other side of the incomprehensible judgment of God.
Carcharodontosaurus chasing down and eating Paralititan in terms of evil just doesn’t seem to work, so perhaps Yong’s on to something.