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date: 17 February 2019

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Evangelicals have often tended to demote creation to the unbiblical idea of “nature” and neglected its theological significance. So it has been left mainly to European philosophers to ask, “Why is there something, rather than nothing?” There are only “two possible answers to the question...: that the universe is the result of creation by a free personal agency, and that in some way or other it creates itself.” The first answer points to theism, the second to atheism. Both of these answers are unavoidably theological. Despite the theological implications of those answers, evangelicals have resisted basing their theology on creation. What is the continuity between evangelical work and God's work? In some way that question is being answered by recovery of the insight that Christ as the new Adam invites a perfected humanity into the work of the Trinity. Though there is much mystery here, the principle is put clearly in Voicing Creation's Praise, a foundational work on theology and art by Jeremy Begbie.

Keywords: God, creation, nature, universe, theism, atheism, Christ, Trinity, theology

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