Creation and the Purpose of Creatures
The doctrine of creation has been the cardinal topic of Christian theology throughout the first six centuries of the Christian Church. The edifice of Christian theology would crumble if theologians could not clearly distinguish God from creation and clearly relate creatures to God. Other concerns dominated theology at the time of the Reformation: atonement, salvation, justification, scriptural authority, and the nature and purpose of the church. As such, the doctrine of creation received less attention with negative consequences. Oliver's lecture will re-examine the important doctrine of creation ex nihilo (“out of nothing”) and point us to creation’s analogous relation to God as participants in the divine. It will reveal the sophistication of the traditional Christian doctrine of creation which helps render that doctrine intelligible once again.