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The Spirit of Creation: Modern Science and Divine Action in the Pentecostal-Charismatic Imagination (Pentecostal Manifestos) Paperback – 13 Jan 2011

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company (13 Jan. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802866123
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802866127
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.4 x 1.8 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,102,887 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amos Yong's preeminent role among Pentecostal-charismatic theologians has long been acknowledged. Spirit of Creation now reveals him as one of the most exciting constructive theologians at work in the contemporary religion-science dialogue. Some will resist his openness to science, others his openness to the real activity of the Spirit. But Yong's beautifully argued proposal may just be the closest that one can come today to reconciling science, orthodox Christianity, and a Spirit-centered theology. Indispensable reading for anyone interested in the relationship of theology and science today. Philip Clayton Claremont School of Theology In this welcome new volume from the pen of Amos Yong, two major contemporary movements in theology come together: the growing, worldwide interest in religion and science, and the growing sophistication and extent of outstanding Pentecostal theology. This book covers many of the key issues in theology and science today, while always providing a learned and Holy Spiritoriented theological perspective. . . . I recommend this work to theologians interested either in first-class Pentecostal theology or in a clear and interesting contribution to the theology-and-science dialogue. Alan G. Padgett Luther Seminary"

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Amos Yong is J. Rodman Williams Professor of Theology at Regent University School of Divinity, Virginia Beach, Virginia. His other books include The Spirit Poured Out on All Flesh: Pentecostalism and the Possibility of Global Theology and In the Days of Caesar: Pentecostalism and Political Theology.

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Beyond, well beyond, intelligent design 3 Feb. 2014
By Dr. BK Mitchell - Published on
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This is an important book. Amos Yong is Dean of the School of Divinity and J. Rodman Williams Professor of Theology at Regent University. His well respected body of work spans several fields and always explores the essential role of the Holy Spirit in those fields. In "The Spirit of Creation" Yong develops his long and growing interest in ways that Christian theology and science (particularly biology) might fruitfully converse. His strong sense that we should expect and develop a complementary relationship between theology and the life sciences, rather than a convergence à la Intelligent Design theory, is as insightful as it is urgent.

This book is theology, philosophy, logic and speculative spiritual theology all presented as a coherent whole. Emergence, holism, non-reductionistic are three good descriptors of the book's ethos. It is a very challenging read and will raise eyebrows and stir the mind and the spirit. It is Pentecostal, or as the author prefers to say, it seeks to give a (much needed) pneumatological assist to our thinking in this important area of intellectual and spiritual interaction. Because of the wide ranging nature of the topics covered in "Spirit of Creation" any thorough critique would run on far too long. You will have to trust that it all holds together - the main ideas emerge in wholeness. I will only summarize my view on the central take-home message of the book.

The essential dynamic nature of creation is front and centre; the ever-present nominalism is addressed head on and not allowed; a balance between God and creatures as co-creators is established, yet the apartness of God is required. The idea of non-monolithic causality is important and should be helpful. And not only is the Spirit present throughout, he never stops working. Adoption of a model like this would solve many current problems.

Addendum: Four scholars' opinions of this and a related work can be found in Canadian Journal of Pentecostal-Charismatic Christianity 3 (2012). This book is much bigger that pentecostalism (though that itself is rather large) and it addresses issues that extend across the entire spectrum of evangelical thought and beyond. If you are not pentecostally inclined, that is no reason to avoid this book - in fact, it may well be a major reason to dive in.
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