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The Seven Pillars of CreationThe Bible, Science, and the Ecology of Wonder$
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William P. Brown

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199730797

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199730797.001.0001

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The God Allusion

The God Allusion

Creation as Consciousness-Raiser

(p.221) 10 The God Allusion
The Seven Pillars of Creation

William P. Brown (Contributor Webpage)

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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

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