God’s Good World: Reclaiming the Doctrine of Creation

Baker Academic, 2013


The doctrine of creation has often been neglected in Christian theology. Distinguished evangelical theologian Jonathan Wilson exposes what has been missing in current theological discourse and offers an original, constructive work on this doctrine. The book unites creation and redemption, showing the significance of God’s work of creation for understanding the good news of redemption in Jesus Christ. Wilson develops a trinitarian account of the life of the world and sets forth how to live wisely, hopefully, peaceably, joyfully, and generously in that world. He also shows how a mature doctrine of creation can help the church think practically about contemporary issues, including creation care, sexuality, technology, food and water, and more.

Essential for students, scholars, pastors, and laypeople, this informative volume brings fresh perspectives on theological matters. With the Logos Bible Software edition, searching by topic or Scripture references will further help your understanding—you’ll compare, for example, the systematic theologies of various scholars or denominations.

Key Features

  • Discusses the doctrine of creation by uniting concepts of creation and redemption
  • Examines how a doctrine of creation can help look at contemporary issues in the church


  • Part 1
    • Missing Creation in the Church
    • Missing Creation in the Academy
    • Missing Creation in Society
  • Part 2
    • The Dialectic of the Kingdom
    • One Creator: Father, Son, and Spirit
    • Remapping the Doctrine of Creation
    • Rereading Scripture
  • Part 3
    • Construing the World
    • Whatever Happened to Worldliness?
    • Consuming Desire
    • Stories, Practices, Prayers
    • Blessed Are the Meek
    • Being and Becoming Persons

Praise for the Print Edition

God’s Good World is a very important book. By pointing out how a robust doctrine of creation has been missing—from the church, from education, and from society at large—Jonathan Wilson shows why evangelical engagement with our world is so feeble. He then lays the foundation for a much richer life by showing the necessary connections between redemption and creation. Most important, he shows how we can build on that Trinitarian foundation—in our attitudes toward the body, ‘consuming,’ the internet, business, and much more—all in the light of transformed worship. All Christians should read this book.

—Loren Wilkinson, professor, Regent College

Wilson is right; the modern church has been ‘missing basic research on the doctrine of creation.’ As a result, we modern Christians have very often fallen prey to, or even been cheerleaders for, many of the most self-destructive habits of our age. This book should be mandatory reading for pastors, theological students, and believers who care about the burning moral issues of our day and want to rethink them theologically.

—Brian Brock, reader, King’s College, University of Aberdeen

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About Jonathan R. Wilson

Jonathan R. Wilson earned his PhD from Duke University and is currently the Pioneer McDonald Professor of Theology at Carey Theological College in Vancouver, British Columbia. He previously taught at Acadia Divinity College and Westmont College, and has served as a pastor. He is the author of numerous books, including Living Faithfully in a Fragmented World, A Primer for Christian Doctrine, and God So Loved the World.


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