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Trinity Symposium: Oliver Crisp
Jonathan Edwards on Creation
Trinity International University

Thursday, March 15, 2018 11am-12:30pm

In classical theology, there is an old and difficult question of whether God has a real relation to the created order. The worry is this: if God is really related to the creation (as, say, a mother is really related to her children) then this seems to jeopardize his doctrine of divine aseity. But God is metaphysically and psychologically independent of the created order (i.e., exists a se). So he cannot have a real relation to the creation. However, this poses serious conceptual problems for the Christian theologian. In particular, it generates a worry about how God can have a true relationship to his creatures if he doesn’t have a real relation to them. In this lecture, Crisp will turn to Jonathan Edwards’s idealist account of creation to see whether what he says about God’s act of creation provides resources for addressing this issue.

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Biography

Oliver Crisp (PhD, King’s College, University of London; DLitt, University of Aberdeen) is professor of systematic theology at Fuller Theological Seminary. He is the author and editor of a number of books, including Saving Calvinism: Expanding the Reformed Tradition (IVP Academic, 2016), The Word Enfleshed: Exploring the Person and Work of Christ (Baker, 2016), Jonathan Edwards among the Theologians (Eerdmans, 2015). 

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