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You likely remember the variety of reasonable interpretations of what Genesis 1-2 is trying to tell us. Faithful, insightful, humble people offer different perspectives on what happened in the formation of what is (and when that took place). We’ve mentioned in passing both Dr Stephen Meyer (who spoke here a couple months back) and Dr Francis Collins (the recently appointed head of the NIH).
Tim Keller has written an introductory piece on the attempts to reconcile science with faith, though his discussion is focused on what to make of Genesis 1-2 in light of evolutionary theory. Inevitably such a discussion requires a larger consideration on the nature and authority of Scripture–a matter the divines took up, as you remember, in the very first chapter of the Confession.
Anyway, we commend Keller’s brief article to you. It raises many of the questions I’ve wrestled with for some time and offers some thoughtful preliminary responses.
We’re back in session this Sunday, Jan. 10, at 11am to consider what it means to be effectually called by God. You may remember us speaking of the “Ordo Salutis”–the “order of salvation”–in previous weeks. Though salvation is decreed before the foundations of the earth, it’s actual application to us begins with His call of us by His Spirit.
So we’ll try to understand what the nature of the call is and what effect it is designed to have.
For some the calling dawns more gradually; for others there’s a moment of intense realization of the goodness of Christ.
Hope to see you Sunday, or Wednesday as the case may be. (To our Wednesday night attenders, if you haven’t already, have a listen to the lesson on Ch. IX–free will–before coming on Wednesday the 13th. The audio is in the preceding blog post.)