A River Runs Through: Water in God’s Purpose for Creation

A theological paper for the inaugural conference of A Rocha in South Africa – 12 August 2006, Allen Goddard

Water is everywhere around us and in us, tangible as sweat, visible as the high seas, invisible as the envelope of earth’s life-protecting atmosphere, and essential as blood. Water provides the matrix of our conception and our embryonic pre-natal environment. Breaking waters bring us to birth and water is the final elemental comfort we may ask for in dying. In the environment water has become a non-renewable resource because of its present rate of consumption, pollution and exploitation. Should it surprise us then that water has a central place in the story of God’s purposes for creation?

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  • Articles; Scholarship resources
  • creation; water
  • Colossians 1; Deuteronomy 6; Exodus 1; Exodus 2; Ezekiel 47; Genesis 2; Genesis 29; Genesis 9; Isaiah 12; Jeremiah 2; Jeremiah 31; Jeremiah 5; John 19; John 20; Numbers 20; Psalm 36; Psalm 42; Psalm 46; Revelation 21; Revelation 22; Revelation 4; Zechariah 12; Zechariah 13
  • Goddard, Allen
  • A Rocha South Africa
  • 2006
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