Doctrine Of Creation
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Doctrine of Creation
Doctrine of creation
‘What do we mean by creation? How helpful are making, emanation and/or artistic work as analogies? Is it a doctrine about the world’s beginnings or origin, or about its present or future existence, or what?
Creation is often referred to as a 'mystery' and this is due to its perhaps ambiguous nature. Christian theology defines creation in many different ways, which differ greatly as viewpoints on the same theme. John Macquarrie tries to make the mystery clearer by using two analogies to try to describe what creation actually is.
The first of these is that of 'making'. This is best understood alongside the literal understanding of creation, which can be found in the Bible, especially in the Old Testament (Genesis). The analogy is that of a craftsman producing an article that is to be used. It stresses the superiority of God; there is both differences and distance between the craftsman and his product - as the...
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