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Irenaeus consistently approaches the saga of creation from the context of the revealed eschatology of Christ, itself the image of perfected humanity. The formation of the cosmos, the shaping of the dust, the breathing into the nostrils, even the response to the transgression , the sin of Cain and the deluge with Noah-all show forth the consistency of this process of growth . God shall bring his creation to perfection. Directly connected to such an emphasis is the notion fostered by Irenaeus' strict adherence to a doctrine of creation ex nihilo , namely, that God's goodness is combined with his absolute power. The reality of Christ's life, death , resurrection and promise of a future kingdom provides the lens through which Irenaeus can examine the whole economy, the initiation of which is the subject of the creation saga.

Keywords:Christ; cosmos; creation saga; ex nihilo ; Irenaeus; Noah



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