Re: classic arguments

Arthur V. Chadwick (
Mon, 08 Dec 1997 15:39:05 -0800

At 04:26 PM 12/8/97 -0500, George wrote:

> It is essential to believe that the Redeemer is the Creator.
>That is precisely Athanasius' argument in _On the Incarnation_. But it
>does _not_ follow from this that teaching us _about_ creation is an
>important part of the work of Christ.

Since Creation was a given in the culture of His earthly ministry, Christ
needed to say very little concerning it to His contemporaries. For Paul
and Peter, the frequent confirmation of this fact can only be a reflection
of their increasing forages into the Greek world where this was not
established doctrine. Given this circumstance it is certainly difficult to
judge what weight the doctrine of Creation had from what He said (He was
busy enough just trying to get people to recognize who He was) except by
His numerous references to the authority of the book of Genesis containing
the story.