Outline for “Culture in Biblical Perspective”

INTRODUCTION: definitions; statement of problem; delineation of material; chief sources; methodology and structure; presuppositions; importance of subject; and summary.

I. THE TRIUNE GOD: THE REAL FORMER OF CULTURE

God’s aseitas; yet not a Deus otiosus.   Transcendent Creator, yet immanent Maintainer. Creator inchoans et Formator colens.   Father = Creator-Maintainer of nature (the raw material of culture).   Son = Recreator and Maintainer of all nature and (human) culture – Prov. 8, Ps. 19 & 33 etc.   Holy Spirit = Ruler & Completer of all nature and culture  – Pss. 33 & 104, Gen. 1:2, Ps. 33, etc.   Triune God the Author (Father: Jas. 1:17, John 5:17, ch. 17, Rom.. 9:20-23 cf. Isa. 63:8, etc.; Son-Mediator Gen. 1:26f & John 1:1f; and Spirit-Consummator Rom. 8:14-23 etc. of both nature and culture).  Cf. Gen. 2:3 le‘asoth (Kuyper); Rom. 11:36; &  Isa. 45:18.  Summary.