A Theology of Nature
In the context of his discussion of Creation, Migliore dismisses natural theology, while insisting upon the crucial importance of this.
"riddle of creation"
According to Barth, this is that God, who does not need us, created Heaven and Earth, and myself.
Reflecting upon the way in which N.T. Wright understands the competing ways in which God and creation may be related, he claims that when god's space and ours are slid together (option 1), we end up believing in this.
"creation is grace"
When Migliore states that "the sovereign goodness of God is already at work in the act of creation" he is offering support to this assertion.
The first article of the Apostle's Creed
In this, Christians affirm their faith in God the creator, "Maker of heaven and Earth."
He claimed that the task of science is to force nature to give up its secrets. Migliore argues that this is an illustration of the fact that for far too long the goal of science has been seen as the subjection of nature to the human will.
Augustine and Thomas
Migliore argues that we should NOT persist in believing that these figures were correct in teaching that "By a most just ordinance of the Creator, both their life and their death are subject to our use." Migliore argues tat we should break with this "anthropocentrism."
He did NOT believe that God created the world so that it could exist as an autonomous, free and independent reality quite apart from his ongoing care and love.
N.T. Wright argues that the real problem with this is that one is unable to deal with the question of evil.
He claims that when pilgrims and worshippers went to Jerusalem and into the Temple to worship and offer sacrifices, they wouldn't have said that it was as though they were going to Heaven. They would have said that they were going to the place where Heaven and Earth overlapped and interlocked.