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By Colin E. Gunton

This publication offers a theological heritage of the Christian doctrine of construction and explores the results of the doctrine for our glossy medical age. / Colin Gunton starts through the origins of the doctrine of production within the Bible and touching on the biblical view to Greek cosmology. He then examines the heritage of the doctrine, displaying how theologians from Irenaeus to Barth have spoken of production. Gunton argues that early within the improvement of the doctrine severe blunders have been made that experience ended in hugely frustrating results, comparable to the divorce of theology from technological know-how. / within the ultimate chapters Gunton specializes in similar issues, akin to windfall, eschatology, and the ethics of production.

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There would, according to his discussion in the Enneads, remain pure, quality-less matter, a substratum or support for being without any characteristics. This is what Plotinus calls to me on, or nothingness, though by this he does not mean the absolute nothingness or non-existence implied by the other Greek negative, to ouk on. Matter exists, yet does not really exist: it is 'truly nonbeing; it is a ghostly image of bulk'; or, we might gloss, a mere parody of true being. This gives rise to the apparent paradox that matter is (footnotes continued from previous page) For this account, I am dependent upon Copleston and Michael Lapidge, 'Stoic Cosmology', in The Stoics, edited by J.

Light becomes dimmer the further it is from its source; and so does reality become less real the further it is away from the One on the great chain of being. But it must be remembered that in contrast to some of the Gnostics the attitude of Plotinus to the material is not entirely negative. In so far as there is form, there is also light. What we have in Plotinus is the world view of the Timaeus almost entirely freed of the mythical background which still pervades that work. It is the myth of the Timaeus turned into a hierarchical cosmological system.

In place of a conflict of equals, or near equals, Parmenides generated a dualism of higher and lower forms of being. For him reality was not flux, but by definition that which did not change at all. The real is the totally unchanging. It could be said that while Heraclitus observes the world and philosophises the change and decay that he observes, Parmenides seeks to tame the flux by looking for an underlying stasis (I am tempted to say, inertial system) which is discovered by applying a rational principle to reality.

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