Origins and Meanings: Key Words

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  • Origins and Meanings: Key Words
    • creation ex nihilo
      • creation out of nothing
      • before God created the universe, nothing existed
      • only God can create out of nothing
      • St Augustine said this
    • evolution
      • the process of mutation and natural selection which leads to changes in species over time to suit particular environments
      • put forward by Charles Darwin after studying finches of the Galapagos Islands
    • imago dei
      • in the image of God
      • the belief that human beings are uniquely a reflection of God's personhood
      • unlike other animals, humans are free, rational and moral
    • inspiration
      • 'God breathed'
      • the belief that the Spirit of God guides an individual to act or write what is good and true
    • omnipotence
      • the belief that God is all-powerful
    • revelation
      • the word used to describe all of the ways in which God makes himself known to human beings
      • Christians believe that God does this finally and fully in the person of Jesus Christ
    • stewardship
      • the duty to care for creation responsibly
      • as stewards, rather than consumers
      • to protect it for future generations
    • transcendence
      • existing outside of space and time
      • God exists in a way that makes him nothing like anything else that exists
      • above and beyond creation


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