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Cosmology, Ecology, and the Energy of God
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This book brings together process and postmodern theologians to reflect on the crucial topic of energy, asking: What are some of the connections between energy and theology? How do ideas about humanity and divinity interrelate with how we live our lives?Its contributors address energy in at least three distinct ways. First, in terms of physics, the discovery of dark energy in 1998 uncovered a mysterious force that seems to be driving the inflation of the universe. Here cosmology converges with theological reflection about the nature and origin of the universe.Second, the social and ecological contexts of energy use and the current energy crisis have theological implications insofar as they are caught up with ultimate human meanings and values.Finally, in more traditional theological terms of divine spiritual energy, we can ask how human conceptions of energy relate to divine energy in terms of creative power.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-ix
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-8
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  1. Part I Engaging Physical Sciences
  2. pp. 9-10
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  1. Chapter 1 The Energy We Are :A Meditation in Seven Pulsations
  2. pp. 11-25
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  1. Chapter 2 The Fire Each Time :Dark Energy and the Breath of Creation
  2. pp. 26-41
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  1. Chapter 3 Solar Energy :Theophany and the Theopoetics of Light in Gregory of Nyssa
  2. pp. 42-58
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  1. Chapter 4 Beyond Heat: Energy for Life
  2. pp. 59-69
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  1. Chapter 5 Emergence, Energy, and Openness: A Viable Agnostic Theology
  2. pp. 70-84
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  1. Part II Engaging Ecology and Culture
  2. pp. 85-86
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  1. Chapter 6 Ecological Civilizations: Obstacles to, and Prospects for, Religiously Informed Sustainability Movements in a Post-American World
  2. pp. 87-105
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  1. Chapter 7 “One More Stitch” :Relational Productivity and Creative Energy
  2. pp. 106-120
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  1. Chapter 8 Energy, Ecology, and Intensive Alliance :Bringing Earth Back to Heaven
  2. pp. 121-140
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  1. Chapter 9 “Go Big or Go Home” : A Critique of the Western Concept of Energy/Power and a Theological Alternative
  2. pp. 141-150
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  1. Chapter 10 God Is Green; or, A New Theology of Indulgence
  2. pp. 151-162
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 163-190
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 191-193
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  1. Index of Names and Titles
  2. pp. 195-201
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