TH855 – Re-imagining God and the World
Instructor(s): Dr. Sallie McFague
This Reading Group will reflect on the question of God in a time of crisis due to climate change and human poverty. It will consider divine transcendence and immanence in the writings of postmodern theologians and philosophers who are questioning supernatural understandings of God as well as privileged views of human beings. Thus, we will consider critiques of dualistic, hierarchical, metaphysical views of reality and such new interpretations as spirited matter, flat ontology, species interrelations, biological democracy, radical incarnation, and other ways in which contemporary thinkers are imagining the relations between transcendence and immanence. Reflecting with the help contemporary scientific and philosophical views of transcendence and immanence should provide a basis for Christian re-interpretations both of place of human beings on the planet as well as God’s relationship to the world.
A second 1.5 credit Th.M seminar will be offered as a further exploration on the same topic in Spring term 2016. Students may take both courses for the full 3.0 credits, or only one
Pre-requisite: Th.M student or permission by the instructor