Saturday 29 October 2005

The vastness of creation

“Creation is vast in all directions. The distance to the farthest galaxies is not more impressive than that to the interior of the atoms of my own body. This vastness ... teaches that our meaning is by grace. It is often claimed instead that it teaches there is no meaning: in this unimaginably wide universe, of what account can the speck earth be, or its inhabitants? ... But this argument is only a crude blunder. The size of creation, whatever it be, makes the happenings on earth insignificant only if size and significance are the same—which they manifestly are not.”

—Robert W. Jenson, Story and Promise: A Brief Theology of the Gospel about Jesus (Philadelphia: Fortress, 1973), p. 156.

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