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Cosmology, Ecology, and the Energy of God$
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Donna Bowman and Clayton Crockett

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780823238958

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823238958.001.0001

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Emergence, Energy, and Openness: A Viable Agnostic Theology

Emergence, Energy, and Openness: A Viable Agnostic Theology

(p.70) Chapter 5 Emergence, Energy, and Openness: A Viable Agnostic Theology
Cosmology, Ecology, and the Energy of God

Whitney Bauman

Fordham University Press

Closed systems lead toward entropy, while open ones toward more complexity. Every time we move toward over-simplification through certainties, we are cut off from the life-force of continuous creation that is an emergent phenomenon. What, then, is the role of theology? This chapter argues that any theology, if it is to remain viable, should remain agnostic to some extent. In other words, ultimate origins and definite ends in our knowledge claims both reify life and therefore participate in a type of necrophilia. As we can only see, smell, taste, touch, feel, and think so far into the past and future, we must admit our experiential horizons in theology and resist the urge to posit certainties where they fade off into uncertainties. Only in this way will the entropic forces of conceptual necrophilia be opened up toward a non-equilibrium thermodynamics within the ever-emerging and evolving planetary contexts of which we are always already a part.

Keywords:   non-equilibrium thermodynamics, emergence, creation, complexity, agnostic theology

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