By Bradley G. Green
Bradley G. vegetables shut interpreting of Augustine demanding situations Colin Guntons argument that Augustine bequeathed to the West a theological culture with severe deficiencies. in accordance with Gunton, Augustines specific construal of the doctrine of God ended in primary difficulties within the courting among construction and redemption. besides the fact that, eco-friendly persuasively argues that Augustine didn't sever the hyperlink among production and redemption, yet particularly affirmed that the created order is a method of actual wisdom of God through which redemption is comprehensive. eco-friendly indicates the sought after position this dating performs in Augustines doctrines of guy and God, presents the type of relational Christian ontology that Gunton sought. in brief, Augustine can have supplied Gunton with primary theological assets in countering the modernity he so rightly challenged.
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Having summarized Gunton, how does Augustine fit into Gunton’s construal? Gunton summarizes the history of the doctrine of creation by pointing to several key figures who offered positive construals and are exemplars of helpful developments of the doctrine. 18 Basil the Great argued, against Aristotle, that all things are created, and that matter is not eternal, while John Philoponos (sixth century) also argued against the eternality of the universe. 16. Christ and Creation, 91. 17. “Doctrine of Creation,” 148.
But, while the doctrine of the Trinity might be true, for Schleiermacher it is nigh impossible to move from the Christian self-consciousness to the doctrine of the Trinity. ”66 That is, while Schleiermacher affirms the reality of Christ and the Holy Spirit (however those might be conceived), a distinction in God is not something which flows directly out of the Christian 63. , 132; italicizing mine. 64. , 738. 65. , 739. 66. , 740. Colin Gunton and the Failure of Augustine self-consciousness or the feeling of absolute dependence, and therefore this distinction in the Godhead (and thus ultimately the Trinity) is not considered essential.
Thus, creation is not somehow “necessary,” as if God was “compelled” to create. Rather, God chose to freely create as an act of love. But, since God was already a loving community of three persons, the act of creation was not a necessary one that was needed in order for God to express love. Third, a Christian doctrine of creation affirms that creation is in a sense both dependent and independent, and is moving toward a telos. That is, the world is indeed not God, and is indeed a separate entity, but that God—through the Son and Spirit (the “two hands” of Irenaeus)—is continually relating to the world, allowing and moving the world toward its appointed end.
Colin Gunton and the Failure of Augustine: The Theology of Colin Gunton in Light of Augustine by Bradley G. Green