ICS Calendar Title: The Ground of Be(com)ing/The Horizon of Hope: Creation, Time, Eschatology

ICS Course Code: ICS 220805 F12

Instructor: Dr. Nik Ansell

Term and Year: Fridays, 9:30 am-12:30 pm

Last Updated: September 7, 2012


1. Course Description

2. Reading Schedule

3. Course Requirements

4. Description and Weighting of Elements to be Evaluated

5. Required Readings

6. Some Recommended Readings

1. Course Description

After being in eclipse for decades (and perhaps centuries), the doctrine of creation has become a live concern in contemporary theology. In conversation with the work of Jürgen Moltmann, and with reference to Herman Dooyeweerd’s distinction between the foundational and transcendental directions of time, we shall explore the gift and promise of an eschatologically open model of creation.

Course Learning Goals

a. Critical understanding of the distinction and relationship between two fundamental concepts in systematic theology

b. Ability to think creatively and constructively across the disciplines of theology and philosophy

c. Knowledge of leading debates in the philosophy (the ontology and epistemology) of time and the theology of creation

2. Reading Schedule



Introductions; Lønning, Creation--An Ecumenical Challenge? (selections, in class); Ansell, “Its About Time” (selections, in class)


Moltmann, “The Future as a New Paradigm for Transcendence”; Ansell, “Creational Man/Eschatological Woman”


Moltman, God in Creation chaps. 1–2



God in  Creation, chaps. 3–4


God in Creation, chaps. 5–6


God in Creation, chaps. 7–8


Reading week



God in Creation, chaps. 9–10; Ansell, Annihilation of Hell, chap. 2


Ansell, Annihilation of Hell, chap. 3


Ansell, Annihilation of Hell, chap. 5; Dooyeweerd, New Critique (selections)


Moltmann, The Coming of God, chaps 1 and 4a


Moltmann, The Coming of God, chaps 4b and 5



JM presentations


JM presentations

3. Course Requirements

a. Total reading:

1250 pages total, including research for paper, of which approximately 40-60 pages per week is required to prepare for class.

b. In-seminar leadership:

Providing written and oral leadership for the class discussion of at least two texts under examination

c. Description of course paper:

4-5000 (Masters) or 5-7000 (PhD) words examining a central motif or motifs from the course in relation to one or more contemporary theologians. Your own proposal(s) should emerge from your close attention to the proposal(s) you examine.

4. Description and Weighting of Elements to be Evaluated

Class participation: 20% [TST 25%]

Seminar presentations: 20% [TST 25%]

Research paper: 60% [TST 50%]

5. Required Readings

*Note: Items on the ICS Library Reserve Shelf from this list may be borrowed overnight.

(** Recommended for purchase)

Nicholas Ansell, “Creational Man/Eschatological Woman: A Future for Theology” (Inaugural address) (Toronto: ICS, 2007); available online at: http://faculty.icscanada.edu/nansell/files

__________, “It’s About Time: Opening Reformational Thought to the Eschaton,” Calvin Theological Journal 47/1 (Spring 2012): 98–121  

__________, The Annihilation of Hell: Universal Salvation and the Redemption of Time in the Eschatology of Jürgen Moltmann (Milton Keynes, UK: Paternoster Press, forthcoming) (selections)

Herman Dooyeweerd. A New Critique of Theoretical Thought. 4 volumes. Translated by David H. Freeman and William S. Young (Philadelphia: Presbyterian and Reformed, 1953-58) (selections, especially from vol. 2) [ICS Library Reserve Shelf: B4051 .D64 W5513 1953]

Per Lønning, Creation--An Ecumenical Challenge? Reflections Issuing from a Study by the Institute for Ecumenical Research Strasbourg, France. (Macon, GA: Mercer University Press, 1989) (selections) [ICS Library Reserve Shelf: BT695 .L66 1989 ; ROBA: BT695 .L66 1989]

**Jürgen Moltmann, God in Creation: An Ecological Doctrine of Creation, trans., Margaret Kohl (London: SCM Press, 1985). [ICS Library Reserve Shelf: BT695 .M5813 1993 ; SMC: BT695 .M6313 1985]

__________, The Coming of God: Christian Eschatology, trans., Margaret Kohl (London: SCM Press, 1996) (selections) [ICS Library Reserve Shelf: BT821.2 .M64713 1996 ; KNOX: BT821.2 .M6213 1996]

__________, “The Future as a New Paradigm of Transcendence.” in Jürgen Moltmann, The Future of Creation, trans., Margaret Kohl (London: SCM Press, 1979), 1-17. [ICS Library Reserve Shelf: BT823 .M613 1979]

6. Some Recommended Readings

*Note: Items on the ICS Library Reserve Shelf from this list may be borrowed for 5 days.

Wolfgang Achtner, Stefan Kunz, and Thomas Walter, Dimensions of Time: The Structures of the Time of God, of the World, and of Humans (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2002) [ROBA: BD638 .A2513 2002X]

Bernard W. Anderson, Creation Versus Chaos: The Reinterpretation of Mythical Symbolism in the Bible (Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1987 [1967]). [ROBA: BT695 .A5 (1967 ed.)]

__________, From Creation to New Creation: Old Testament Perspectives (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1994). [ROBA: BS1199 .C73 A53 1994]

J.T. Fraser, ed., ed. The Voices of Time: A Cooperative Survey of Man’s Views of Time as Expressed by the Sciences and by the Humanities. Second edition. (Amherst: The University of Massachusetts Press, 1981 [1966]) [ICS Library Reserve Shelf: BD638 .V64 (1968 ed.)

Terrence Fretheim, God and World in the Old Testament: A Relational Theology of Creation (Nashville: Abingdon: 2005) [ICS Library Reserve Shelf: BS1199 .C73 F74 2005]

Colin E. Gunton, ed., The Doctrine of Creation: Essays in Dogmatics, History and Philosophy, (Edinburgh: T. and T. Clark, 1997). [TRIN: BT695 .D63 1997 TRIN WYC]

Catherine Keller, Face of the Deep: A Theology of Becoming (London: Routledge, 2003) [ROBA: BT695 .K45 2003 and e-book]

Karl Löning and Erich Zenger, To Begin with God Created . . . Biblical Theologies of Creation, trans., Omar Kaste (Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical Press, 2000). (SMC: BS680 .C69 L6613 2000) 

Gerhard May, Creatio Ex Nihilo: The Doctrine of ‘Creation out of Nothing’ in Early Christian Thought, trans. A.S. Worrall (Edinburgh: T and T Clark, 1994). (ROBA: BT695 .M3813 1994)

Richard W. A., McKinney, ed. Creation, Christ and Culture: Studies in Honour of T. F. Torrance. (Edinburgh: T. and T. Clark, 1976). [ROBA: BR50 .C66]

Jürgen Moltmann, “Creation as an Open System” in Jürgen Moltmann, The Future Of Creation, trans., Margaret Kohl (London: SCM Press, 1979), 115-130. [ICS Library Reserve Shelf: BT823 .M613 1979 ; SMC: BT823 .M613 1979]

Wolfhart Pannenberg, Systematic Theology Volume 2, trans. Geoffrey W. Bromiley (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1994) [ROBA: BT75.2 .P3613 1991 v.2]

Joseph Ratzinger, In The Beginning. . .’: A Catholic Understanding of the Story of Creation and the Fall, trans. Boniface Ramsey (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1995) [ROBA: BT695 .R3813 1995]

Douglas J. Schuurman, “Creation, Eschaton, and Ethics: An Analysis of Theology and Ethics in Jürgen Moltmann.” Calvin Theological Journal 22 (1987): 42-67. [ICS Library Reserve Shelf: PER]

__________, Creation, Eschaton, and Ethics: The Ethical Significance of the Creation-Eschaton Relation in the Thought of Emil Brunner and Jürgen Moltmann. New York: Peter Lang, 1991. [ROBA: BJ1231 .S38 1991]

Charles M. Sherover, The Human Experience of Time: The Development of its Philosophic Meaning (New York: New York University Press, 1975) [ICS Library Reserve Shelf: BD638 .S53 2001]

Pedro Trigo, Creation and History, trans. Robert R. Barr (Maryknoll: Orbis, 1991). [ROBA: BT83.57 .T7513 1991]

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