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Theology, science and the topos of the Logos: a stable, dynamic topology of Creation

BIGG, ANDREW,JOHN (2018) Theology, science and the topos of the Logos: a stable, dynamic topology of Creation. Doctoral thesis, Durham University.

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This thesis argues that an integrated, dynamically stable theo-science may be explored by considering scientific and theological perspectives regarding stability itself, combining them in one overarching framework by embedding a scientific conception of stability within a broader theological conception thereof. Our very capacity to perceive ‘reality’ in a functionally consistent manner is dependent upon the physical cosmos presenting a particular, dynamic stability, allowing for the sustainable emergence of life in the first place.
Stability is hierarchically qualified, with higher-order functional systems such as those pertaining to life being an emergent result of particular modes of interaction between lower-level degrees of stability, ultimately right down to fundamental particles or fields. Theologically, any stability inherent to ‘reality’ must furthermore be considered to derive from the fact that such reality is, at its profoundest, a manifestation of God’s revealing, Creative Activity through the Logos.
The thesis considers, qualitatively, the scientific and theological ‘place’ and relevance of stability from a holistic perspective regarding our anthropological development. Scientifically this is viewed in layered, evolutionary terms. Theologically, the Incarnation is considered of central relevance to our anthropological journey, transfiguring the process of its development so as to draw human nature into its intended eschatological stability ‘at the right hand of the Father’.
Since stability can be considered scientifically in topological terms, the framework is developed by means of a ‘theological topology’ centred, as the etymology suggests, on the idea of a sacramentally stable, pervasive topos indicative of God’s ‘motioning’, Creative Activity through the Logos. Such Activity becomes sense-objectified in the Incarnation, considered figuratively-speaking as a ‘phase transition’, the net effect of which is argued as a ‘drawing in’ (cf. John 12:32), reordering and enhancing all meaningful, creaturely contribution to the ‘content’ of Creation – content actively generated according to our iconic, creative capacity for conceiving (of) the Logos.

Item Type:Thesis (Doctoral)
Award:Doctor of Philosophy
Faculty and Department:Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Theology and Religion, Department of
Thesis Date:2018
Copyright:Copyright of this thesis is held by the author
Deposited On:02 May 2018 11:26

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