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The Creativity of God
World, Eucharist, Reason

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Christian Doctrine

  • Date Published: August 2004
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521831178

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  • We have, as a theological community, generally lost a language in which to speak of the created-ness of the world. As a consequence, our discourses of reason cannot bridge the way we know God and the way we know the world. Therefore, argues Oliver Davies, a primary task of contemporary theology is the regeneration of a Christian account of the world as sacramental, leading to the formation of a Christian conception of reason and a new Christocentric understanding of the real. Both the Johannine tradition of creation through the Word and a Eucharistic semiotics of Christ as the embodied, sacrificial and creative speech of God serve the project of a repairal of Christian cosmology. The world itself is viewed as a creative text authored by God, of which we as interpreters are an integral part. This is a wide-ranging and convincing book that makes an important contribution to modern theology.

    • Offers a scriptural account of the world
    • Explores a theology of the Eucharist as divine creativity
    • Oliver Davies is one of the UK's leading theologians
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    • Date Published: August 2004
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521831178
    • length: 224 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.5kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    INTRODUCTION: THE cOSMOLOGICAL IMPERATIVE
    Part I. AN ARCHAEOLOGY oF CREATEDNESS:
    1. The architecture of createdness
    2. The metaphysics of createdness
    3. Cosmological fragments
    Part II. Scriptural Cosmology:
    4. Speech revealed
    5. Spirit and letter
    6. Voice and sacrifice
    Part III. Eucharistic Wisdom:
    7. The abundant real
    8. Wisdom of the flesh
    9. Eucharistic reasoning
    Conclusion: Cosmology and the theological imagination.

  • Author

    Oliver Davies, King's College London
    Oliver Davies is Reader in Philosophical Theology at the University of Wales, Lampeter. He is also a visiting fellow at the Centre for the Study of Christianity and Culture at Regent's Park College, University of Oxford. He is the author of Silence and the Word (2002) and has co-edited, with Denys Turner, A Theology of Compassion (2001).

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