Continuing my way through this hugely problematic tome….
God, Evolution, and Death
Any model of origins which incorporates the idea of macro-evolutionary history over billions of years is going to have to involve death. USTO discusses death in numerous places, oftentimes in a positive way. One of these discussions is early in the second chapter.
USTO aims to maintain the sovereignty of God over creation. However, it quickly turns out that, because of his love, God has actually relinquished control over his creation:
Parents practice freeing love toward their children when giving them relative freedom to develop and grow. Similarly, God in freeing love gives creation relative freedom to develop and grow into what it is called in the Son and enabled by the Spirit to be. God’s covenantal faithfulness to nature is what makes its relative freedom as a gift possible (20).
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