August 29, 2015

Relational God, relational creation

For your contemplation today, here is more from Terence Fretheim on the “fundamental relational character” of God and the creation. • • • A basic claim I wish to make about the Old Testament understanding of creation is that it has a fundamental relational character. …Crucial in thinking through biblical texts regarding creation is the […]

The God who continues his creative work

I finally ordered a book I’ve wanted to read for a long time, Terence Fretheim’s God and World in the Old Testament: A Relational Theology of Creation. I started it last night and am already finding rich material for contemplation.

Blogging through The Lost World of Adam and Eve (5)

Blogging through “The Lost World of Adam and Eve” • Excursus by N.T. Wright We have been blogging through John Walton’s book The Lost World of Adam and Eve: Genesis 2-3 and the Human Origins Debate. Here are the previous posts in the series: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Today, I’d like to focus […]

Rachel Held Evans: An excerpt from “Searching for Sunday”

We’ll take a break from John Walton today and pick up the discussion next week. I had hoped to complete the series today, but I would like to discuss a few more of his concepts and need a bit of time to get my thoughts together. In a couple of weeks, we will blog through […]

Non-Order, Order, Disorder

I was thinking we might finish John Walton’s book today, but I had brain cramp trying to put a final post together, so I’ll save that for another day. In the meantime, I’d like to get the community’s input on one of Walton’s propositions that we haven’t discussed yet. Here we will be dealing with theological […]

Blogging through The Lost World of Adam and Eve (4)

Blogging through “The Lost World of Adam and Eve”, by John Walton • Post #4: Propositions 12-14 The next three propositions John Walton presents have to do with the setting of the “garden” in Eden and those who dwelt therein. Adam is assigned to be a priest in God’s sacred space, with Eve as his helper. […]

Blogging through The Lost World of Adam and Eve (3)

Blogging through “The Lost World of Adam and Eve”, by John Walton • Post #3: Propositions 7-11 Here are the next propositions John Walton makes regarding Adam and Eve and the account of Genesis 2-3: The second creation account can be viewed as a sequel to the creation account in Genesis 1 (not a recapitulation of […]

Blogging through The Lost World of Adam and Eve (2)

Blogging through “The Lost World of Adam and Eve”, by John Walton • Post #2: Proposition 6 Now that the groundwork has been laid (see post one in this series), and before he moves into a specific consideration of the text in Genesis 2ff, John Walton takes up an important broader question in his sixth […]

Blogging through The Lost World of Adam and Eve (1)

Blogging through “The Lost World of Adam and Eve” • Propositions 1-5 I’d like to take some time during the near future to blog through John Walton’s important book, The Lost World of Adam and Eve: Genesis 2-3 and the Human Origins Debate. Those familiar with Walton’s earlier work know that he writes on this […]

Christian Wiman on religious despair

Religious despair is often a defense against boredom and the daily grind of existence. Lacking intensity in our lives, we say that we are distant from God and then seek to make that distance into an intense experience. It is among the most difficult spiritual ailments to heal, because it is usually wholly illusory. There […]