A Theology of Work 6

images“If creation order is completed and thus closed with pre-fall creation, then human life and cooperation with God becomes at best backward looking and negatively restorative rather than creatively an anticipation and participation in God’s new creation,” according to Darrell Cosden in A Theology of Work.

If, on the other hand, the creation is not so completed and closed, it is possible that “God has created the world in such a dynamic way that both God and his creation are genuinely open to new and human contributions.”  And this, Cosden believes, is what the resurrection suggests: “through human choice and organization (work), we create these new situations and along with this we necessarily give further shape to the ontologically given order itself.”  From this, one can begin to glimpse the non-instrumental — i.e., ontological — value of work: giving shape to the creation order as God himself intended for work to do.


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