Thinking through Creation: Genesis 1 and 2 as Tools of Cultural Critique

Thinking through Creation: Genesis 1 and 2 as Tools of Cultural Critique

by Christopher Mark Watkin


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Too often, all our contemporary culture sees in Genesis 1 and 2 are problems involving Darwin, dinosaurs, and the length of days, while the Trinity is dismissed as irrational or a later imposition on the Bible. But a loss of confidence in these doctrines would be a disaster for thinking Christians. In fact, these foundational, biblical truths of the Trinity and creation are among the richest sources of insights and tools for robust and sensitive engagement with contemporary culture.

With diagrams and clear explanations both of the Bible and our contemporary world, Christopher Watkin reclaims the Trinity and creation from their cultural despisers and shows how these foundational doctrines speak into, question, and reorient some of the most important debates in today’s society.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781629953014
Publisher: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing
Publication date: 10/06/2017
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)
Age Range: 17 - 18 Years

About the Author

Christopher Watkin (MPhil, PhD, Jesus College, Cambridge) researches and writes on modern and contemporary French thought, atheism, and religion. Currently, he is a senior lecturer in French studies at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. He blogs at, and you can find him on Twitter @DrChrisWatkin.

Table of Contents

Foreword John M. Frame ix

Preface xiii

Acknowledgments xvii

1 Introduction 1

Listening to the Word

Listening to the World

The Trinity and Creation: From Embarrassment to Riches

2 Who Created? Thinking through the Trinity 14

Giving Content to the Empty Signifier "God"

What Do We Know about God before He Created the Universe?

What Difference Does It Make?

3 Thinking through the Creation of the Universe 46

Reading Note: Our Questions to the Bible and the Bibles Questions to Us

Who Created?

How Did God Create?

4 Thinking through the Creation of Humanity 88

"According to Their Kinds" I "In Our Image"

The Creation Mandate

"He Rested on the Seventh Day"

5 Conclusion 137

Explaining the Bible to the Culture; Explaining the Culture through the Bible

Biblical and Cultural Patterns

Beyond the Trinity and Creation

Now Over to You

Glossary 147

Bibliography 159

Index of Scripture 165

Index of Subjects and Names 167

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