Creation for Progressive Christians

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The publication of this study guide is timely given the current conversations and warnings

around the health of creation and climate change. One can easily find – online, in magazines, or on television – images of animals that cannot find food; dry areas that used to be lakes and rivers; floods beyond belief; and places such as Tuvalu, where palm trees now grow underwater because the ocean level has risen. Clearly, climate change is real and impacting people around the globe. The question, therefore, is not “Does it exist?” or even “Is this thing human caused or

the natural cycle of things?” but rather, “What do we do to slow it down and enhance life for all species?”

Although it is not a book about climate change but rather an exploration of five biblical creation stories, this study can help progressive Christians engage these questions. Understanding the biblical creation stories can help us see creation as a delicate balance, and our role in it as stewards. As people of faith, it is incumbent on us to understand our relationship with every facet of the divine, which is clearly present in the world and everything around us. The question behind this book is this: What did our ancient ancestors want us to understand about the creation of the universe, the divine presence in that creation, and how we might live our lives in response to that.

The Bible tells us several stories about the creation of the world. Each of them is different, and none of them is “factual.” Science, on the other hand, looks at a wide variety of phenomena to try to discover how the universe was formed, what actually happened, and when. In other words, science and the Bible can readily walk hand in hand. There is no need to pit one against the other.