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This introductory chapter presents an insight into the key themes discusses in the book on Abraham Kuyper's legacy for contemporary ecotheology. This contribution should be understood within the context of a series of articles on the theme How Are They Telling the Story? As this colloquium clearly indicated, the theme calls for some explanation. The chapter offer the author's short take on the theme, namely that the focus is on how a particular theologian has given an account of the (narrative of the) whole work of God, including at least seven "chapters," namely (1) creation, (2) (evolutionary) history, (3) the emergence of humanity, human culture and sin, (4) God's providence, (5) the history of election and salvation, (6) the formation of the church, its ministries and missions, and (7) the consummation of God's work on earth.

Keywords:Abraham Kuyper; contemporary ecotheology; South Africa; work of God

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Kuyper may not have worked out this pattern of telling the story of God's work—of creation, fallen creation and re-creation—in full detail. Although this essay is based on rather sketchy handwritten notes by Arnold van Ruler, in the author's view it is one of the best maps of the terrain that he has come across. this may help to take forward the debate on the relationship between creation and salvation in the context of contemporary ecotheology. The essay offers some comments on his notion of "re-creation." It explores a few questions, including: Is Christian theology primarily interested in soteriology or also in ontology?. The essay then discusses five possible. Although the pattern of creation and re-creation, of grace restoring nature, may itself be abused, it does provide direction to steer between a modernist reductionism where the role of grace is disregarded and a spiritualised rejection of that which is natural.

Keywords:Arnold van Ruler; Christian theology; creation; ecotheology; grace; re-creation; salvation

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This introductory chapter presents an insight into the key themes discusses in the book on Abraham Kuyper's legacy for contemporary ecotheology. This contribution should be understood within the context of a series of articles on the theme How Are They Telling the Story? As this colloquium clearly indicated, the theme calls for some explanation. The chapter offer the author's short take on the theme, namely that the focus is on how a particular theologian has given an account of the (narrative of the) whole work of God, including at least seven "chapters," namely (1) creation, (2) (evolutionary) history, (3) the emergence of humanity, human culture and sin, (4) God's providence, (5) the history of election and salvation, (6) the formation of the church, its ministries and missions, and (7) the consummation of God's work on earth.

Keywords:Abraham Kuyper; contemporary ecotheology; South Africa; work of God

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