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Science and Spirit: A Critical Examination of Amos Yong's Pneumatological Theology of Emergence
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology, Studies in Faith and Ideologies, Philosophy of Religion.
Univ Edinburgh, Edinburgh EH8 9YL, Midlothian, Scotland..
2015 (English)In: Open Journal of Semantic Web (OJSW), ISSN 0030-3526, E-ISSN 2300-6579, Vol. 1, no 1, 425-435 p.Article in journal (Refereed) PublishedText
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This paper is a critical examination of Amos Yong's pneumatological use of emergence theory. In seeking to bridge the divide between the worldviews of science and Pentecostalism, Yong sees emergence theory as a fruitful mediating discourse. We will argue for the following: 1) the supernaturalism of Yong's Pentecostal theology renders the concept of emergence obsolete; 2) the ontological independence of various types of spirits in Yong's theology breaks his commitment to supervenience theory; and 3) Yong's transference of scientific concepts into the normative discourse of theology is potentially problematic. These criticisms should be seen as a call for Yong to depart from emergence theory ( and supervenience) in his admirable ambition to harmonize the spirit-filled imagination of Pentecostalism with the scientific culture of the 21st century.

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2015. Vol. 1, no 1, 425-435 p.
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Emergence, Supervenience, Pneumatology, Amos Yong
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Religious Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-300985DOI: 10.1515/opth-2015-0025ISI: 000379486500034OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-300985DiVA: diva2:953322
Available from: 2016-08-17 Created: 2016-08-16 Last updated: 2016-08-17Bibliographically approved

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