God the Sovereign Creator
A Sermon on Genesis 1
September 6, 1981 – Westminster Chapel, London, England
In his description of the origins of the universe, we find Carl Henry’s centering point for the nature of humanity. If we are the accidents of nature as the contemporary world would have it, and merely “star-stuff” as Carl Sagan famously put it, then human nature is in perpetual flux, with no meaning today that will not be lost tomorrow. If, on the other hand, we are as the ancient world thought, and only the minor players in a greater drama starring the competing gods of the cosmos, then our significance is as secure as an extra on a TV show. In this sermon Henry argues that it is out of the radical, God-centered creation account of Genesis that humanity can find its place. Because the infinite and personal God has made the world for his own purposes, and he has made us to walk with him, humanity finds its true nature and position in the cosmos secure beyond the threat of naturalistic or polytheistic irrelevance and anonymity. He has made us and he has named us.
A Few Quotables
“Creation has to be a statement of faith. The burning question is whether divine creation is a credible faith? Is it a believable faith?”
“A Darwinian evolution clouded the interest in the creator and in transcendent creation. Instead, it focused attention on natural development, on natural selection and chance variation, on observational data in the present, and discussion of supernatural creation was soon pushed out of the academic arena.”