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Partaking of God

Trinity, Evolution, and Ecology

Denis Edwards

Partaking of God
Partaking of God

eISBN: 9780814682777, E8277

Details: 192 pgs,
Publication Date: 04/15/2014
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The natural world around us is in crisis. We know it has a dynamic, evolutionary character. How might we understand this world in relationship to God?

Partaking of God builds on the foundations of the dynamic trinitarian theology of Athanasius. It develops into a theology of the Word as the divine Attractor and the Spirit as the Energy of Love in evolutionary emergence. Then it explores God's suffering with creatures, the humility of God in creation, church teaching on the human soul in relation to neuroscience, and grace and original sin in relationship to evolution. It culminates in a Christian theology of ecological conversion.

Denis Edwards is a professorial fellow of Australian Catholic University. He is a priest of the Catholic Archdiocese of Adelaide, and priest in residence in Tranmere parish. He is a member of the national Lutheran-Roman Catholic Dialogue and the national Australian Anglican-Roman Catholic Commission, and he is involved with the SA Council of Churches. His recent books include How God Acts: Creation, Redemption and Special Divine Action; Ecology at the Heart of Faith; and Breath of Life: A Theology of the Creator Spirit.


Written in clear, careful prose, this book makes an important contribution to the growing field of theology of nature. Bringing the wisdom of the early church theologian Athanasius into dialogue with recent evolutionary science, it opens new possibilities for Christian thought and practice. Besides the sharp insights on offer, Edwards's own magnanimous vision moves the heart. The book is a gift, a beautiful theology of the world centered on the energizing presence of the triune God.
Elizabeth A. Johnson, CSJ, Fordham University

"Denis Edwards has written prolifically in the areas of ecology and pneumatology. Partaking of God addresses questions concerning the evolution and ecology in the light of the theology of Athanasius of Alexandria. The book is written in a graceful, poetic style. Edwards explains complex ideas clearly and his insights are well worth both critical reflection and prayer."
Sue Rakoczy, IHM, Grace & Truth