About this course
For Christians, a fundamental distinction in being is between Creator (the triune God) and creation (everything else). Apart from theology, then, the various academic disciplines can be said to deal mainly with creation. Christian faith confesses that the creation, which our academic disciplines study, depends upon the power and love of God the creator. The doctrine of creation is therefore about much more than arguments about how old the earth is – it is about the kind of world that we live in and learn about. That is the focus of this course, which clarifies the core theological notion of the world as creation and considers the light it sheds upon the work of higher education.
In this module, you will analyze the biblical theme of the world as creation and God as Creator in selected texts from Scripture and the Christian tradition. You will also interact with theological explorations of the central features of Christian belief in creation. You will then examine examples of how scholars in disciplines outside of theology have related the doctrine of creation to their work, and you will have an opportunity to develop ideas about how belief in God as Creator and the world as creation might inform your own work in higher education.