Hearing the Word, Seeing the World: ‘Creation’ in Christian Theology and in Contemporary Science
‘The whole earth is a living icon of the face of God’ (St John of Damascus, Treatise)
The goal is to cultivate and nourish in the local congregation a more theologically mature, culturally informed, and spiritually fruitful engagement with scriptural and scientific teaching about ‘creation’ (understood as the production or emergence of the universe, of living beings, and of human beings). In pursuit of this goal, we will explore a number of cosmological, biological, and anthropological issues emerging from a close reading of Genesis 1, taking account of how this text has informed Christian teaching on creation and how it might be understood in view of the latest deliverances of the natural sciences. And because Christian theology does not speak of creation in isolation, but considers creation as the work of the triune God who keeps faith with the world, bringing it to its proper destination. We will also have occasion to ask how Christian teaching about God’s sustaining and redeeming work relates to scientific discussion of the conditions under which the universe exists and evolves.
- How should the scriptural identification of God as the creator of all things and scriptural depictions of God’s creative work inform the church’s worship and witness?
- How does scripture license theological claims and interact with scientific enquiry about the origins and destiny of the world?
- Are there distinctly Christian ways in which to characterise the practices and the deliverances of contemporary science?
- Can science be undertaken or performed ‘Christianly’? Need it be?
1. The Creation Story—Cosmic beginnings (September 2014)
- An opening sermon series, preaching through ‘Beginnings…’ at Sunday evening services beginning Sunday 7th September.
- Day 1/Introductory – Reading groups: from 25th August start getting info out and around via web/Facebook and bulletin. Encourage small groups and set a specific reading group up to meet Wednesday 10th September.
- Creation Café – ‘In the beginning: God and the origins of the universe’. Open to everyone in the congregation, Wednesday 24th September.
2. Day 2 The Creation Story: A well founded world (November 2014)
- Reading groups – ongoing with church group on Wednesday 29th October
- Creation Cafe – Wednesday 12th November