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Evolutionary Creation in Biblical and Theological Perspective

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Dan Lioy

This book undertakes a biblical and theological analysis of evolutionary creation and creation themes pertinent to origins science. A key premise is that a fundamental congruity exists between what the Lord has revealed in nature (i.e., the book of God’s work) and in Scripture (i.e., the book of God’s Word). A corollary supposition is that, based on an analysis of the fossil record, genome evidence, morphological data, and so on, biological evolution offers the best persuasive scientific explanation for the origin and actualization of carbon-based life on earth, including Homo sapiens (i.e., modern humans). Furthermore, considering evolutionary creation in an objective, balanced, and informed manner reveals that the view is wholly compatible with classical theological metaphysics, including Augustinian and Reformed confessional orthodoxy.

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Chapter 6: Progressive Covenantalism as an Integrative Motif of Scripture 221

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T his study has explored a variety of creation themes that are per- tinent to origins science. In the process, a “divine teleology of cre- ation” (Gage 1984:27) has emerged, namely, a “broader basis of purposive history” in which the Lord is the “transcendent referent” (Brueggemann 1982:12) who alone gives “ultimate meaning” to the uni- verse. Against this cosmological backdrop, one can discern that “cre- ation is an act of commitment on God’s part” (Goldingay 2003:56). One can also recognize that because “creation is covenantally ordered” (Brueggemann 1997:157), so too the existence of God’s chosen people is “covenantally ordered”. These statements explain why, in the previous chapters, the biblical motif of God’s covenantal relationship with the faith community was often mentioned. In this regard, Anderson (1962:727–728) points out that the “relationship between the Creator and his creation is essentially that of the covenant”. Moreover, Anderson states that the “covenant, rather than a rational principle, is the ground of the unity of creation” (cf. Childs 1986:33, 43; Helyer 2008:256–257; Horton 2011:332; Irons and Kline 2001:253; Jacob 1958:137–138; Wright 2005:23–24, 39). In light of the preceding theological observations, and to help deepen and expand the discussion, the present chapter introduces and develops at length the concept of progressive covenantalism.* Succinctly put, progressive covenantalism is a working model for comprehending the relationship between the Old and New Testaments. The present goal is to articulate a consistent understanding of...

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