The Creation of the Earth as a Work in Progress

The following is excerpted from an article by Steven L. Peck–an evolutionary ecologist at Brigham Young University–in Sunstone (Jun 2012, p. 13):

The Jewish writer Abraham Joshua Herschel writes in his book The Sabbath:

“Creation, we are taught, is not an act that happened once upon a time, once and for ever.  The act of bringing the world into existence is a continuous process.  God called the world into being, and that call goes on.  There is this present moment because God is present.  Every instant is an act of creation.  A moment is not a terminal but a flash, a signal of Beginning.  Time is perpetual innovation, a synonym for continuous creation.  Time is God’s gift to the world of space.” (1)

I love the idea that creation is part of a long, patient becoming, the evidence for which we see in the fossils of this earth, in the DNA of every cell of our bodies, and in other creatures’ bodies.  Evolution ennobles the creation and Creator because it suggests that God is a gardner, not a magician.

Doesn’t this make us co-creators of the earth with God?

(1)  Abraham Joshua Heschel.  The Sabbath (New York:  Farrar Straus Giroux, 2005), 100.

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2 Responses to The Creation of the Earth as a Work in Progress

  1. I think both the idea that we are co-creators with God and the idea that creation is ongoing are implicit in the endowment ceremony.

  2. Pingback: » The Creation of the Earth as a Work in Progress | Tired Road Warrior

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