The God of Disruption – an Ecological History of Creation

In the beginning was the disturbance: God disrupted the pristine formlessness of the deep and created the heavens and the earth.  Literally in a flash.  With His utterance, the darkness was relegated to Night; the light He called Day.  Waters were separated from waters by an expanse, and the expanse was called Heaven.  Vegetation, and their seed, sprouted from the Earth and then, the Good Ecologist provisioned vegetation with light to distinguish day and night, to separate the seasons, and to mark the passage of time.  God started on the largest imaginable scale, and then He attended to the ecological details. On the fifth day the earth pullulated with creatures: birds in the air and the great sea swarmed with life.  On the sixth day God successfully propagated the terrestrial surface with creeping things, beasts, and livestock.  And then He made man and in giving him dominion over the creatures, explained the ecological services that each could provide – for instance, the plants He told him make good eating.  When He rested, His creation was stable.  That which He created in a cataclysm persisted in the aftermath.

To read this ecological account of creation go here.

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Professor of Environmental Science
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