Creation Regained: Biblical Basics for a Reformational Worldview

Creation Regained: Biblical Basics for a Reformational Worldview

Creation Regained: Biblical Basics for a Reformational Worldview

Creation Regained: Biblical Basics for a Reformational Worldview

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In this brief and straightforward examination of Christians' basic beliefs, Albert M. Wolters spells out the structure of a reformational worldview and its significance for those who seek to follow the Scriptures. Wolters begins by defining the nature and scope of a worldview, distinguishing it from philosophy or theology, and noting that the Christian community has advanced a variety of worldviews. He then outlines a Reformed analysis of the three fundamental turning points in human history -- Creation, the Fall, and Redemption -- concluding that while the Fall might reach into every corner of the world, Christians are called to participate in Christ's redemption of all creation.

Excerpt

This little book of mine has now been in print for twenty years, has been translated into some eight different languages to date, and continues to be widely used in Christian academic settings worldwide. Its success has taken me completely by surprise, and leaves me with a deep sense of wonder and gratitude.

In this second edition of the book the body of the text has been slightly revised (mainly in the direction of softening the way I describe the distinctiveness of the reformational worldview in comparison with other Christian traditions), and has been supplemented with a “Postscript” coauthored by my friend and colleague Michael Goheen. This postscript links the discussion of worldview to both the grand narrative of Scripture and the centrality of mission, and is especially indebted to the work of N. T. Wright and Lesslie Newbigin. More than anything, it was Newbigin’s reaction to the first edition of Creation Regained (which he wrote up in an unpublished memo in 1994 after Mike had arranged for him to listen to the book on tape) which persuaded me that my discussion of worldview needed to be put in this broader context to be properly understood. For facilitating that connection, and in general opening my eyes to the importance of Newbigin’s work, I owe a great debt to Mike, and I am delighted that he joins me as coauthor of . . .

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