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Phillip Cary teaches philosophy at Eastern University, where he is also Scholar-in-Residence at the Templeton Honors College. His research specializes in Augustine and Luther. He has also published a commentary on the book of Jonah in the Brazos Theological Commentary series, edited by R. R. Reno.

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When Creation is Not Good

From First Thoughts

There is a striking omission from the Hebrew text of Genesis 1, on the second day of creation. It is the day when God creates Heaven, and the omission is that he does not see it as good. Every other day of creation has God seeing that his work is good, but not this one. The omission is so striking . . . . Continue Reading »

In God’s Name

From the November 2012 Print Edition

The Divine Name(s) and the ?Holy Trinity: Distinguishing ?the Voices (volume 1) by R. Kendall Soulen Westminster John Knox, 312 pages, $30 Some years ago, when revisionary theologians proposed baptizing people “in the name of the creator, the redeemer, and the sustainer,” their opponents . . . . Continue Reading »

Material God

From the May 2012 Print Edition

Jesus Christ, Eternal God:Heavenly Flesh and the Metaphysics of Matter by stephen h. webb oxford, 368 pages, $65 Could God be a material being? It may sound like a strange idea, yet it resonates with a great many theologians who reject “classical theism,” the broadly Platonist metaphysics of . . . . Continue Reading »