Creation Doctrine Essay

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Utrum
Whether it is the case that in the construction of creation there has been a clear order of existence (hierarchy), whereby this order may be fatalistic. (Morse 201-202)
Videtur
It seems that our creation operates under a distinct hierarchy that is positioned in a fatalistic, determined outcome. From the bible’s beginning there are clear positions to this framework. In regards to the hierarchy of our creation, the first instance of this set up is in reference to gender. In the Genesis account of creation, Adam is created as the first human being and man. God recognizes his creation as good, but that "It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper as his partner" (Genesis 2:18). This suitable partner is made from Adam’s own and is called Eve. Eve is for him, Adam the man. This way of thinking clearly situates man above woman as a partner for him, thus supporting the hierarchy of man over woman within creation.
Continuing in the support of hierarchical creation is the dominance of man over animal. Genesis 1:26-28:
26 Then God said, "Let us make human-kind in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild animals of the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth." 27 So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. 28 God blessed them, and God said to them, "Be fertile and multiply; and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that move upon the earth.”

The assertions from Genesis coincide with a tiered creation. Man is instructed by God to take dominion over this world and it’s animal inhabitants. This inserts an almost “Godlike” complex for man. God is above man, however man is above animal, whereby man can see himself as the “God” over this type of creation, who must submit to his wishes. The control is seeped down the totem pole of power, with God at the top. Going back to the biblical passage, the line “fill the earth and subdue it,” also appears. Such a statement raises another level of power and hierarchy to man- the earth as an entity to subdue. This statement presents man with the command from God to make this earth his own and subservient to his power. In sum, there are multiple instances in which creation has been arranged in a hierarchical fashion- first, gender; second, human being versus animal; and third, man versus earth.
Fatalism operates by the beliefs that all events are determined, such that humans are predetermined to a certain outcome. Using Genesis 2: 1 as the foundation, on the seventh day, “Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all their multitude” (Genesis 2:1). God created the world and it’s inhabitants, as the sole creator he has determined the way that things should and will exist. Under...

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