One of the great debates in modern theology involves the relationship between nature and grace in our understanding of creation. Does a Christian view of creation require us to approach this discussion exclusively from the perspective of grace, focusing on the centrality of Christ, the gospel, and the eschatological end for which God created the universe? Or should the doctrine of creation begin from a “natural” standpoint, seeking to understand the nature and purpose of creation in its own right before exploring how the doctrines of grace contribute to our understanding of creation? Although such questions may sound somewhat academic, they have vital implications for how we address ecological concerns, approach human flourishing, and engage in interdisciplinary dialog with the modern sciences. If theology is the study of God in relation to that which he created, then questions about the nature of creation, often neglected in Protestant theology, stand at the center of the theological task.

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Mark Cortez (PhD, University of St. Andrews) is associate professor of theology at Wheaton College and senior research fellow of The Creation Project. His publications include Theological Anthropology: A Guide for the PerplexedChristological Anthropology in Historical Perspective, and is currently co-editing the T&T Clark Reader in Theological Anthropology. During his time as a Henry Fellow with the Creation Project he is working on two monographs, Divine Presence: Incarnation, the Image of God, and the Sacramental Universe (Baker Academic) and The Doctrine of Creation (Zondervan).

This event is made possible through the support of a grant from Templeton Religion Trust. The opinions expressed in this lecture are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Templeton Religion Trust.




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