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Some brief reflections on Christology and the natural sciences

Worthing, Mark (2013) Some brief reflections on Christology and the natural sciences. Lutheran Theological Journal, 47 (1). pp. 4-9. ISSN 0024-7553

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The natural sciences have become the dominant, if not exclusive source of knowledge in the modern world. The scientific method is applied to every area of knowledge that arises from or is at least linked to the material world. For many, if a field of knowledge lies outside the realm of the material, then it is not genuinely something to be known. The difficulty for Christians who base our beliefs and way of life in large part upon the 'revealed' knowledge of a transcendent God is clear. At the heart of Christian knowledge is our knowledge of Christ. Significantly, it is precisely at this point that the respective spheres of our knowledge of God and our knowledge of the natural world meet. The two greatest festivals of the church year, Christmas and Easter, celebrate, respectively, God taking on human flesh and entering our material world, and Jesus rising physically from the dead. How do these fundamental assertions of Christian faith sit with a modern scientific view of the world? And what do they say about the physical world itself, our view of it, and God's relationship to it?

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Metadata Only
Keywords: Knowledge, Theory of Religion, Faith and reason, Christianity, Monotheism, Biblical teaching
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: B - Biblical Studies, general
College/Association with University of Divinity: ALC: Australian Lutheran College
Depositing User: Dr Suman Kashyap
Date Deposited: 20 Oct 2014 04:06
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2014 04:06
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/1686

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