The Importance Of Theocentrism

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Throughout Christian history, countless heresies—Gnosticism, Arianism, etc.—have challenged its legitimacy. Humanity, being of physical nature, delights to view encounters with God in the physical. This trait makes a relationship with God more understandable to human nature. Many heresies place themselves as mediators for God, or man being the center of existence, as the Gnostics for example. However, Theocentrism is a belief in which God is center to existence. The importance and worth of people or the environment are ascribed to God’s one-time creation, while ignoring the trinities work in the world—much like the Deist ideology. Theocentrism, through the costume of meekness, equability, and mindfulness is believed to contribute to the formation…show more content…
With the concept of God being the center of one’s life, it becomes perfectly natural to focus life events and circumstances on God, and to give God credit for accomplishment in life. Theocentrism holds to an entirely different view, which does not reflect the Christian belief. Theocentrism has a couple of different interpretations. One where God is still God, but he is attached to all creation (nature has the same value as humanity); the other where God is creation and human beings should worship God by witnessing and caring for all of creation. The bottom line is Theocentrism is a belief that God is everything and within everything. This belief is similar to pantheism. However, Theocentrism focuses on physical connections to God instead of spiritual. Therefore, the knowledge of God instructs humanity in their proper dealing with creation. One of the essential gifts within knowledge of God is “a perfect knowledge of the nature of the animals, the herbs, the fruits, the trees, and the remaining creatures. Unlike pantheism, Theocentrism believes there is one God who created and works within the world, yet dwells within all of his creation. In this, God is more than the trinity, which implies that the importance and worth of people and the environment, are ascribed to God’s one time creation, while ignoring the trinities work in the world—much like the Deistic…show more content…
Whenever someone holds nature and how man is connected to all of creation—nature and man—one is thinking in a Theocentric way. Theocentrism can rationally be considered the apologetic bridge between “theology and science.” Gordon Kaufman is considered a leading figure in the Theocentric theology in the 20th century. The author Thomas James wrote a journal on Gordon Kaufman, stating that Kaufman discussed the Theocentric theology as being “deeply responsive to the naturalistic picture of the world being worked out in the natural sciences.” Kaufman believed in the theories from science, but had a conviction aimed at the belief in One God over all. This led him to participate in the discussion of Theocentrism because of his belief in one God; Kaufman was left with a dilemma so he concluded that God was more than just creator, God must indwell creation itself. To describe actions of creation such as the big bang theory, or evolution, Kaufman would argue that, as science, good things, or an outcome of something good, was an act of God, while also saying that the action was God Himself. This brought the view that everything must have a value attached to it, naming it good or bad. This is the beginning of meekness, equability, and mindfulness, contributing to the formation of natural

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