What is Creation?

Having given us the OT view of God, Iain moves onto the Genesis view of creation. He builds a lot of his argument around Genesis 1 which sees creation as 'temple'. It means that matter is not a problem as it was for the ancient world, and escaping matter is not the goal. Our goal is to restore matter and the created order so that it can contain glory.

Iain Provan

Iain is Professor of Old Testament at Regent College, Vancouver. He is, without doubt, one of the leading scholars in the world on the Old Testament. But scholarship in Iain’s case does not mean burrowing down into the details of the text but rather lifting our gaze higher and broader to see the topography of the narrative in all its contours and implications. When Iain first visited us at GC to give his talks entitled ‘The Old Testament Reloaded’, we asked him to give talks that people could think about for a decade afterwards—and he delivered.

Iain positions the text inside the wider context of Ancient near Eastern world-views, which Christians once were threatened by since they felt it threatened the status of the OT as ‘God’s word’.  But far from threatening the wonder of the OT, this emphasises its uniqueness and wonder. Iain delivers his talks in plain language but underneath his Scottish succinctness, he develops huge paradigm shifts and accumulating visions of the nature of God. He has an inquiring mind and an open mind—which means that he takes us on a journey of questions and faith in each of his talks.

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Habakkuk - Hope in Dark Times

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