The doctrine of Creation is foundational to the Christian worldview, and it grounds our understanding of metaphysics, theology, anthropology, epistemology, hamartiology, morality, aesthetics, soteriology, and eschatology.Some pretty fun talking points, eh?
For the Israelites--including those of the second-temple period (Jesus' time)--what set Yahweh apart from all other beings (idols, false gods, angels, demons, people) was His role as Creator and Sustainer of the universe. Likewise, it was Jesus' demonstrated power as Creator/Sustainer that caused the fierce montheists of His day to consider Him (and the Spirit) as one with Yahweh.
The understanding that the universe was created has in our day greater empirical support than ever, as God is blessing our skeptical generation with overwhelming evidence for His existence and love, and that from virtually every scientific discipline. The latest evidence provides powerful apologetic support for biblical Christianity.
Christians should be leading the way in "creation care."
Christians should enjoy the creation more than anyone.
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Next week, I have a chance to talk to a select group of folks about my favorite topic, Creation. I'm really looking forward to it (and to the week of thinking about it between now and then). I hope to make the following points...