The Unsuitability of Emergence Theory for Pentecostal Theology: A Response to Bradnick and McCall

Mikael Leidenhag, Joanna Leidenhag

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Abstract

In this response to David Bradnick's and Bradford McCall's defense of Amos Yong's usage of emergence theory, we defend our previous argument regarding the tension between Yong's Pentecostal commitments and the philosophical entailments of emergence theory. We clarify and extend our previous concerns in three ways. First, we explore the difficulties of construing divine action naturalistically (i.e. natural divine causation). Second, we clarify the problems of employing supervenience in theology. Third, we show why Bradnick's and McCall's advice to Yong to adopt weak emergence is theologically costly. In conclusion, it is suggested that theologians within the science and religion dialogue should not fear, but recover, the language of supernaturalism and dualism.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)258
Number of pages273
JournalZygon: Journal of Religion and Science
Volume53
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 12 Feb 2018

Keywords

  • Emergence theory
  • Amos Yong
  • Pentecostal theology

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