Divine Glory in a Darwinian World
Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science
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Faced with the ambiguities of this world, in which ugliness and suffering co-exist with beauty, the article rejects the attribution of disvalues to a fall-event. Instead it faces God’s involvement even in violence and ugliness. It explores the concept of divine glory, understood principally as a sign of the divine reality. This includes both the great theophanies of the Hebrew Bible and Jesus’ glorification in his Passion and Crucifixion. It then considers the contemplation of the natural world, using the terminology of ‘inscape’ and ‘instress’. Divine glory can be discerned even in events as tragic as the Indian Ocean tsunami or the activity of the malarial mosquito. A full Christian contemplation of these events will include scientific understanding and poetic apprehension, and consideration of soteriology and eschatology as well as the theology of creation. Glory is understood to include God’s power and sovereignty, and also the divine humility and sacrifice.
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This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Southgate, C. (2014), DIVINE GLORY IN A DARWINIAN WORLD. Zygon, 49: 784–807, which has been published in final form at DOI: 10.1111/zygo.12126. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
Vol. 49, Issue 4, pp. 784-807.
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