Walton – Propositions 17 and 18


The Lost World of Genesis One: Ancient Cosmology and the Origins Debate, by John H. Walton.

What it says

Proposition 17 is that Resulting Theology in This View of Genesis 1 Is Stronger, Not Weaker.

Walton brings out what he considers the theological advantages of his view.

Making less of a breach between natural and supernatural means that God is not involved only at the periphery.  Everything that exists is pervaded by divine influence.  His view does not confine God’s creation to the past.  It requires us to understand that God takes part in every cell that divides now.  His view also lets us talk about purpose.  Physical structures and material stuff do not necessarily carry purpose. But if creation consists in giving these things functions, then creation concerns God’s purposes.  To see the natural world as a “cosmic temple” makes sacred again what secular thought has treated as profane…

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My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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