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Before this can be done, it is necessary to move away from the ontological discussion of creation ex nihilo to more specific exemplifications. III. A Primary Cosmology The model of creation ex nihilo is so abstract that it is compatible with any determinate world whatsoever, and thus is not of much help without being made specific with regard to this world. The second part of the speculative hypothesis is a primary cosmology, by which is meant the categories that describe a determinate world as such.
Because so much is at stake in religious life, the possibilities of self-deception and communal self-misinterpretation are rife. Therefore I prefer not to limit theology in the broad sense to an integrated super-discipline with one kind of representation in which people can see themselves, for instance history. Rather, there are many disciplinary approaches, each with its point, and with no necessary higher integration. Unlike those who insist on the distinction between objective analytical and subjective theological approaches, I think the study of theology includes the objective approaches, is strengthened by them, and pushes them to greater completeness.
So does the apparently opposite language lauding the power of the blind dynamic forces to destroy an evil order and to remove oppression. The normativeness of order, whether it be good or evil order, is a function of the imposed pattern itself. God as masculine imposer of order is also lawgiver and judge, and executioner. By contrast, the Unlimited is the feminine dimension of sheer fecundity, blind natural or inertial movement that creates and destroys, morally oblivious to the worth of the patterned harmonies temporarily achieved.
Behind the masks of God: an essay toward comparative theology by Robert Cummings Neville