Creation Out of Nothing: Origins and Contemporary Significance

McKenna Hall


A conference of scholars trained in Biblical studies, the history of early Christian thought, Jewish studies and those with contemporary philosophical and scientific interests who seek to understand more fully what the doctrine of “creation out of nothing” might mean in a modern context.  The background to the problem is simply stated:  Biblical, early Christian, Jewish and contemporary theologians all answer to very different constituencies and as a result rarely intersect in terms of their constructive proposals for how a religious tradition might think about a particularly pressing problem.  In this case the matter is all the more complicated in that many presume that the Biblical studies have long shown, on clear philological grounds, that the doctrine of creation out of nothing cannot be founded on the Bible.

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