Chapter

The God Allusion

William P. Brown

in The Seven Pillars of Creation

Published in print January 2010 | ISBN: 9780199730797
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199777075 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199730797.003.0010
The God Allusion

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This concluding chapter builds on the discussion of the previous material by briefly reviewing the distinctive features of each creation tradition and their connections with science, as well as explicating the hermeneutical dynamics involved in bringing scientific understanding and the biblical views of creation into constructive dialogue. A major section is devoted to discerning the intertextual connections that bind the various creation traditions together literarily and canonically. Central also is a discussion of the interrelated profiles of human identity featured in the traditions, followed by reflections on human responsibility in the face of mounting environmental degradation, including global warming. It is argued that the biblical view of creation is a more effective consciousness-raiser than Richard Dawkins’s commendation of evolutionary theory. Nevertheless, a scientifically and biblically informed faith is most effectual in fulfilling humanity’s commission to “serve and preserve” creation (Genesis 2:15).

Keywords: responsibility; environment; global warming; Dawkins; hermeneutics; evolution; canon; intertextual

Chapter.  9058 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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