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The book unites creation and redemption, showing the significance of God's work of creation for understanding the good news of redemption in Jesus Christ. Wilson develops a trinitarian account of the life of the world and sets forth ...
The book unites creation and redemption, showing the significance of God's work of creation for understanding the good news of redemption in Jesus Christ. Wilson develops a trinitarian account of the life of the world and sets forth how to live wisely, hopefully, peaceably, joyfully, and generously in that world. He also shows how a mature doctrine of creation can help the church think practically about contemporary issues, including creation care, sexuality, technology, food and water, and more.
1. Missing Creation in the Church
2. Missing Creation in the Academy
3. Missing Creation in Society
4. The Dialectic of the Kingdom
5. One Creator: Father, Son, and Spirit
6. Remapping the Doctrine of Creation
7. Rereading Scripture
8. Construing the World
9. Whatever Happened to Worldliness?
10. Consuming Desire
11. Stories, Practices, Prayers
12. Blessed Are the Meek
13. Being and Becoming Persons
Posted January 27, 2014
I have been waiting for a book like “God’s Good World” for years. I remember, when in seminary, reading books like the “Goldsworthy
Trilogy” and “Creation Regained” and they transformed forever how I looked at redemption. Well, Jonathan Wilson has brought together
through his pen forth the best book I have read that reminds us that to fully grasp Christ’s work of redemption one must begin – as the
Biblical narrative itself does – with the doctrine of creation.
I think it was Al Wolters in his influentialCreation Regained (Eerdmans; $15.00) who quipped that a robust doctrine of creation is useful
for more than defeating evolutionists, and, in fact, includes the structures and institutions built into the created order (like, say, obviously,
family and government or the possibility for art and science, work and recreation) and not just rocks, bears and galaxies. To have a
full-orbed and fully fruitful view of creation, we will have to examine all the implications of the reality, and this fine book takes up this
The book has, overall received rave reviews from multiple corners of the Church. Old Testament scholar Tremper Longman said that
“In the current discussions concerning the biblical doctrine of creation, we often bypass what is most important to us as Christians as
we debate the issues like the age of the earth or the length of creation days. Jonathan Wilson corrects this oversight as he masterfully
guides us to a rich appreciation of God as our Creator and Redeemer.”
This is a great book and, in closing, I would like to say that it not only unlocks vital insights about the nature of creation, and the
implications of living in a created reality but it points us towards the very character of a God who is a creator. Solid. Wise. Encouraging.