- Two creation accounts in Genesis
- God creates ex nihilo, contrast with Demiurge
- Not only creates but also sustains, still involved
- The origin of everything
- Creation is dependent on God
- Accounts are most certainly myths, containing religious truths, first account by Origen in the 3rd C
- Man is the climax, the world exists for mankind
- God breathes life into Adam, but no other being
- Why have a tree of knowledge?
- If God is omniscient He must have known what Adam and Eve would do
- Darwin questions Adam and Eve account
- Evolution also questions role of mankind
- If God is still involved He is responsible
- God is hurt and made angry, He is not an unmoved mover. “As a faithless wife leaves her husband, so you have been faithless to me.” (Jeremiah)
- Cares about the way His people behave (Exodus 20)
- His goodness demands obedience
- He punishes those who exploit the weak, e.g. Jeremiah – “I have stretched out my hand against you” – or in Exodus – Sodom and Gomorrah
- Displays his goodness in compassionate answers to prayer, eg Hannah having children
- Psalm 23 shows God as a personal presence
- Sent His son to redeem: “For God so loved the world, that he sent his only Son.” (John)
- Euthyphro Dilemma: Is what is good because God says that it is or does God say that it is good because He sees that it is?
- Dawkins: A number of specific examples in the OT of great savagery, eg Numbers 31
- If God is subject to change then surely He is not perfect?
- Response: Danger of judging God by human standards