The Goodness of Creation
What does it mean to say creation is "good"?
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Perhaps the clearest thing in Genesis 1 is the affirmation of the goodness of creation. We find the key refrain that runs through this passage of Scripture: "God saw that it was good." Six times, after day one (v. 4), day three (v. 10, 12), day four (v. 18), day five (v. 21), day six (v. 25) and a second time after the creation of humanity, with the addition of "very" (v. 31).
Clearly, one of the main themes of Genesis 1 is the goodness of creation.
And yet this seems like one of the most difficult things to affirm about creation. Why do I say that? Not because of natural disasters like hurricanes and tornadoes and earthquakes that can be so devastating. No, it seems hard to affirm the goodness of creation when you take a close look at the normal workings of nature. When you take a close look at the creation, what do you actually see? So much that is either ambiguous (and not obviously good) or that seems less than good: ...
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Todd Wilson (PhD, Cambridge University) is Senior Pastor of Calvary Memorial Church in Oak Park, IL, cofounder of the Center for Pastor Theologians, and author most recently of The Pastor Theologian and Real Christian.