Interview #4: Richard Barcellos – Better Than The Beginning: Creation in Biblical Perspective (1 of 2) + Book Giveaway

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On episode four of our podcast, we begin a two part interview with Richard Barcellos on his new book Better Than The Beginning: Creation In Biblical Perspective [buy via Amazon | Amazon UK].

After that, we talk about some Reformed Baptist headlines and give you a preview of next week’s episode featuring part 2 of the interview.

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This week we are giving away two of Richard Barcellos’ Better Than The Beginning: Creation In Biblical Perspective.

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19 Replies to “Interview #4: Richard Barcellos – Better Than The Beginning: Creation in Biblical Perspective (1 of 2) + Book Giveaway”

  1. Rich,

    A friend just sent me this link about the futurist and preterist views of how the end compares with the beginning. If you have time, I’d like to hear your critque. Thanks.

    “There is much disagreement within fulfilled eschatology regarding the Genesis creation story.What is it about? Those who are futurist in their eschatology, and take a literal, cosmological view of “the end,” understandably view Genesis as the beginning of the same. In other words, if Revelation and other “last days” prophecies describe the end of the physical universe, then Genesis describes the beginning of that same universe. This is logical, and a consistent approach to the Bible as a whole. But what about preterists, who hold to a fulfilled view of eschatology?We see Revelation and other “last days” prophecies as pointing to the end of the Old Covenant age, and not the end of the physical universe. We recognize the language of the prophets,appreciate its metaphorical and symbolic elements and understand the covenant context of thislanguage as it is employed consistently throughout the Bible. Furthermore, we submit our interpretation of this language to Jesus and the apostles, who quote extensively from those prophetic contexts. And if we are to be consistent, as consistent as those who are futurist in their eschatology and view the beginning and the end as the beginning and the end of the same universe; then we will likewise view the beginning and the end as the beginning
    and the end of the same covenant world. Or, we might say that they are covenantal counterparts. In other words,we will understand that Genesis’ creation is the same in nature as Revelation’s new creation. We will naturally conclude that it is a covenantal, rather than a cosmological creation.” http://www.4heavenssake.org/the-language-of-creation.html

  2. Greg, by end I mean goal. The end of creation is the goal of creation, that to which Christ takes many sons. The ultimate eschatological state is the protological state glorified. Since Christ’s entrance into glory was a body/soul state, we will share the same in the world-to-come. Anyone who denies this has departed from the apostolic gospel. I hope that helps.

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