A different world?

“Could God have created another world?”  It was a classic question set for theological students when I was at Oak Hill.  The question concerned God’s sovereignty and providence.  On the one hand it was argued that this world is exactly the kind of world that you would expect to see, it is fitting to God’sContinue reading “A different world?”

Could aliens exist and would it matter if they did?

Another one of those questions put out on twitter. I suspect that what has provoked the question is that the possible existence of extra-Terrestrials and UFOs has been in the news recently due to reports that the Pentagon takes their existence seriously and treats reported sightings from military personnel as credible.  Now, I remain sceptical.Continue reading “Could aliens exist and would it matter if they did?”

How did we get here?

We’re coming to the end of our Faithroots Live series on the doctrine of creation. You can watch back the online lectures/seminars via the Faithroots Urban facebook page.  I’ve also been serialising the content again on faithroot.com. If you want all the content together in one place where you can download it and read itContinue reading “How did we get here?”

Made for each other

If Genesis 1 introduces us to the creation of humanity, chapter 2 fleshes it out giving us a bit more detail about the creation of man and woman. At this stage we are told that there was no bushes and small plants of the field, a reference here I believe to cultivated plant life becauseContinue reading “Made for each other”

Rivals to creation

The contemporary discussion about origins is usually polarised between Atheistic Evolution and some form of Creation or Intelligent Design approach. Later on, we are going to have a look at the Creation v Evolution debate; however, it is worth noting that, for most of history, atheistic evolution has not been the primary rival to theContinue reading “Rivals to creation”

Creation and Biblical Theology

The first few chapters of Genesis are setting up the rest of the book. So, just as a film or novel will return to key places and characters and just as a particularly melody will keep appearing in a musical, so too, we can look forward to the themes we discover in these first fewContinue reading “Creation and Biblical Theology”

The Challenge (Genesis 3)

At this point, all looks well. God has created a good creation, fit for purpose. Humans live in that Creation, enjoying a garden paradise under God’s rule and blessing. They are responsible for caring for and ruling over creation. Then things start to go wrong The Enemy The Serpent’s cunning (v1). The snake is introducedContinue reading “The Challenge (Genesis 3)”

The Garden (Genesis 2:4-25)

Introduction We now get what many scholars take to be a second and possibly contradictory creation account.[1]  By the way, I think it is unlikely that someone would just stick two contradictory accounts side by side: common sense tells me that. There are also good reasons found in the text itself for rejecting that suggestionContinue reading “The Garden (Genesis 2:4-25)”