description which tallies with Jurgen Moltmanns writing of the world as a
system open to the creative energies of God (see God, Humanity and the Cosmos,
pp218-20). In earlier writing Peacocke used the image of the cosmos as a
developing child in the womb of its mother (in Creation and the World of Science, Oxford: Oxford UniversityPress,1979) p142). As he would be very well aware, this analogy is
strictly limited - foetusses and mothers are after all composed of exactly the
same material. Another favourite
analogy of Peacockes is that of God as an improvisatory composer, like
J.S.Bach generating his fugues (Theology
for a Scientific Age, London: SCM Press, expanded edn, 1993) pp174-75).
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