Christian Systematic Theology and Life Elsewhere in the Universe: A Study in Suitability
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Davison, A. (2018). Christian Systematic Theology and Life Elsewhere in the Universe: A Study in Suitability. Theology and Science, 16 (4), 447-461. https://doi.org/10.1080/14746700.2018.1525224
Christian theologians have considered the significance of life elsewhere in the cosmos since the fifteenth century, but the brevity of these discussions calls for greater theological precision: the notion of multiple incarnations, for example, is often explored without reference to the detail of Christological formulations. Attention to the logical mode in which such work is set out is also fruitful, where the scholastic category of suitability or fittingness holds particular promise. As suitable, God’s actions are free and yet congruent, being consistent with the divine nature, with creaturely natures, and with the ends of God’s dealings with creatures.
astrotheology, extraterrestrial life, multiple incarnations, Christology, systematic theology, fittingness
Buy-out for nine months of research leave, from the Center of Theological Inquiry, Princeton. Their funding for this 'Societal Implications of Astrobiology' programme came from NASA and the John Templeton Foundation.
Center of Theological Inquiry (CTI)
External DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/14746700.2018.1525224
This record's URL: https://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/279960