Science and Spirit: A Critical Examination of Amos Yong's Pneumatological Theology of Emergence
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
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.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. Vol. 1, no 1, 425-435 p.
Emergence, Supervenience, Pneumatology, Amos Yong
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-300985DOI: 10.1515/opth-2015-0025ISI: 000379486500034OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-300985DiVA: diva2:953322