Original Research - Special Collection: Theology and Nature

Nature and human being, a renaissance of the 20th century

Toine van den Hoogen
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 78, No 2 | a7666 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v78i2.7666 | © 2022 Toine van den Hoogen | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 21 April 2022 | Published: 19 September 2022

About the author(s)

Toine van den Hoogen, Department of Systematic Theology, Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies, Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands; Department of Systematic and Historical Theology, Faculty of Theology and Religion, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa


As our scientific conscience about nature has been deeply changed by the development of so-called ‘quantum theory’ during the 20th century, theology has been confronted with a new horizon of questions about ‘God’ and about how a human being has to be imagined in our cosmos. This article is a tiny comparison between the renaissance of thinking in line with the rediscoveries of Aristotelian thought in the West during 12th century and the renaissance of science we are witnessing in our age.

Contribution: In this series of contributions about theology and nature, this article contributes to a way of questioning theology and nature in a new, dazzling perspective about rerouting humanity in recent research about the smallest measurable values in nature, being perhaps a new topos of theological reflection that is characterised by God and contingency.


renaissance; motion; quantum effects; contingency; vital force


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