Book Announcement: God and the Cosmos: Divine Activity in Space, Time and History @ivpacademic

God and Cosmos
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I have my own interest, developing in part due to several books and other things, regarding theologizing the Cosmos. From IVP-Academic:

Theologian Harry Lee Poe and chemist Jimmy H. Davis argue that God’s interaction with our world is a possibility affirmed equally by the Bible and the contemporary scientific record.

In Part One, the authors conduct a comparative study of the Christian model with other religious and philosophical depictions to show that the biblical God interacts with the physical universe in a truly novel way.

Part Two turns to scientific research to identify many ways that the universe, including human history itself, is constituted to allow for divine interaction with it. Rather than confirming that the cosmos is closed to the actions of the divine, advancing scientific knowledge seems to indicate that the nature of the universe is actually open to the unique type of divine activity portrayed in the Bible.

I am interested in seeing how they deal with the role of evil in the Universe. I’ve got my own view, revolving around the Second Lay of Thermodynamics, but I’ll see what they say.

Joel L. Watts
Joel L. Watts holds a Masters of Arts from United Theological Seminary with a focus in literary and rhetorical criticism of the New Testament. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).

6 thoughts on “Book Announcement: God and the Cosmos: Divine Activity in Space, Time and History @ivpacademic

  1. “I’ve got my own view, revolving around the Second Lay of Thermodynamics”…tread carefully, I’ll be interested in your thoughts. But remember, 2nd Law of thermodynamics, is exactly that. Law of thermodynamics. Entropy and randomness in the 2nd law of thermodynamics have to do with energy and heat transfer. It is not valid to apply it to anything outside of those boundary conditions (especially to religion and/or evil – that does not compute). That would be like expanding Darwin’s evolution to social evolution, which does not work. In my opinion, anyway.

  2. It looks like two of the books listed under Jimmy Davis’ name on Amazon, talk about Intelligent Design. I have no idea what his thoughts are on ID, but I always become skeptical when ID starts to be mentioned. Sort of like biblical studies that originate from Liberty University

  3. This looks interesting I can’t wait to here your thoughts on the book as you make your way through it. Anyway have you read the series, “Scientific perspectives on Divine Action” yet? It was a project brought together by Vatican Observatory and I found it informative.

  4. Since you mentioned the 2nd Law of Theromdynamics, thought you might be interested in an article I came across, where Polkinghorne talks about it…I don’t agree with him, but I can live with it.

    Also, in the same vain, he did an earlier article that talks about multi-universes and fine tuning.

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