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‘The Work Of His Hands’: The Creation Of The Cosmos

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With the formation of the cosmos it is possible to begin an examination of Irenaeus' reading of the creation saga itself. The text of Genesis 1-11, while hardly the sole testimony to creation contained in the scriptures, nonetheless captures Irenaeus' interest inasmuch as its elements proved critical in so many of his contemporaries' cosmogonic systems. Baptism, redemption, divinisation, resurrection, eternal life-all are triune events wrought in a cosmos formed and fashioned by that this triad. The image of an individual and his hands encapsulates with clarity the type of dependent-yet-unique relationship of the Son and Spirit with the Father that we have seen Irenaeus set forth in opposition to the various schools of cosmological thought around him. Reading the beginnings of creation from the perspective of perfection incarnate in Christ, sets the whole saga into an orientation of motion.

Keywords:Baptism; Christ; cosmos; creation; Genesis; Irenaeus



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