with a Postcript coauthored by Michael W. GoheenIn print for two decades and translated into eight languages, Albert Wolters’s classic. Creation Regained: Biblical Basics for a Reformational Worldview Albert M. Wolters is professor of religion and theology and of classical languages at. Creation Regained: Biblical Basics for a Reformational Worldview eBook: Albert M. Wolters: : Loja Kindle.

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Return to Book Page. Preview — Creation Regained by Albert M. In this brief and straightforward examination of Christians’ basic beliefs, Albert M. Wolters spells out the structure of a reformational worldview and its significance for those who seek to follow the Scriptures. Wolters begins by defining the nature and scope of a worldview, distinguishing it from philosophy or theology, and noting that the Christian community has advanc In this brief and straightforward examination of Christians’ basic beliefs, Albert M.

Wolters begins by defining the creatiom and scope of a worldview, distinguishing it from creatino or theology, and noting that the Christian community has advanced a variety of worldviews. He then outlines a Reformed analysis of the three fundamental turning points in human history — Creation, the Fall, and Redemption — concluding that while the Fall might cgeation into every corner of the world, Christians are called to participate in Christ’s redemption of all creation.

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See 1 question about Creation Regained…. Lists with This Book. May 01, Randy Alcorn added it Shelves: I ordered it based on its title alone which often proves to be a big mistake. From its opening chapter on worldview, I knew I had discovered a treasure.

Regrettably, I have seen few since. For too long we have reduced and distorted the rceation to the snatching of souls from earth apbert a distant and intangible realm suitable for angels, not people. Yet the Bible shows that in His wplters drama of redemption, God is at work to reclaim not just our souls, but our bodies, and not just our bodies, wlters the Earth from which that first human body was wolterz, and over which God purposed us to reign.

How small a God he would be if that were the case. He never revoked or abandoned his original great commission for us to rule a good earth to his glory. This is the full gospel of the kingdom, and it is one that is vital to a biblical worldview.

Readers of this book will celebrate a central and liberating truth that has become tragically obscure: God has no more given up on the rest of his creation than he has given up on us. The new Postscript to Creation Regained brings together and clarifies key elements of this woletrs discussion. Regardless of your theological leanings, you have much to gain from reading this great book. I highly recommend it. Dec 20, Brian Collins rated it it was amazing.

Summary Basic to Wolters’ argument is that all people function with ergained comprehensive worldview that covers every aspect of life. If a wlbert worldview ought to be shaped by Scripture, then Scripture must speak to every area of life.

In other words, since worldviews are comprehensive, Scripture’s authority and scope must be comprehensive as well. In the remainder of the book Wolters sketches what a comprehensive Christian worldview looks like.


The Christian worldview is summarized under the catego Summary Basic to Wolters’ argument is that all people function with a comprehensive worldview that covers every aspect of life. The Christian worldview is summarized retained the categories of creation, fall, and redemption. In the chapter on creation, Wolters emphasizes that God created the world with laws. One may speak of laws of nature. These were put in place and are upheld by the creator God. Regaine same is true for norms.

There are certain moral norms, relational norms, or norms that practitioners of various disciplines must adhere to. Wolters brings laws and norms together under the umbrella of creational law.

These norms, relevant to all aspects of life, are discerned through wisdom. In some of these areas, Scripture speaks directly.

In others it provides the corrective lens by which the Christian can properly understand general revelation. At the root all creation and the norms that wwolters it is good. Yet there is a major problem: The effects of the fall are comprehensive: Wolters concludes from this that worldliness cannot be restricted to a secular realm of life.

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It is a danger in every aspect of life. He introduces the categories of structure and direction to deal with this tension. Structure refers to the essence of regaied thing, and it is rooted in creational laws. Direction refers to the degree to which a creational entity and given Wolters’ broad view of creation this can refer both to the natural order and to human institutions is perverted by the fall or is being brought back to conformity to creational law.

The solution to the problem of fall is redemption.

Creation Regained: Biblical Basics for a Reformational Worldview

Wolters argues that “redemption means restoration” Furthermore, the scope of the restoration is as wide as the scope of the fall. The man, Jesus, plays the key role in restoring creation.

The establishment of his kingdom is the evidence that redemption or restoration has begun. And yet the kingdom is not yet consummated. In this already-not yet time, Christians are to attempt to live redemptively in every area of life, that is, they are to live consistent with the restoration that Christ is accomplishing in them and that he will one day fully accomplish in the world.

No utopia is possible before the return of Christ.

Instead the Christian seizes on what is good in a particular order and strengthens it; he seeks to bend fallen aspects of life back toward the correct creational norms. The second edition of Creation Regained includes a postscript coauthored by Wolters and Michael Goheen. They are concerned to locate this talk of worldview in the Bible’s storyline. Because the Christian lives in the era in which the kingdom has been inaugurated but not yet consummated, this is a time of witness.

It is not a time in which Christians will finally triumph. In fact, the already-not yet means that Christians presently undergo suffering and conflict because the antithesis between the kingdom of God and the kingdoms of this world is sharpened in this period.

This means that the Christian must struggle with the tension of applying the gospel to his specific culture while not allowing his culture to compromise the gospel. The difficulties in living out a Christian worldview are beyond the abilities of Christians, but the Spirit of God is given to empower obedience and faithfulness. In sum, Wolters argues that creation extends to all that God creates and maintains it includes the natural order and structures humans develop in obedience to the creation mandatefall affects every aspect of creation, and redemption extends as far as the fall to restore creation.


This is not a triumphalist gospel in the present, for in the time between the ages there is sharp conflict between the kingdom of God and the kingdoms of this world as God’s people seek to live redemptively in this fallen world. He supports this view by highlighting Scripture passages in which these seemingly diverse concepts are brought together 2 Peter 3: On the theological side, the payoff is that this approach to creational law strengthens the canonical links between the Pentateuch and wisdom books by showing that the law and the wisdom books especially Proverbs demonstrate the concrete application of creational norms to specific cultural situations.

The other benefit of this approach is that it forces Christians to realize that various aspects of fallen culture struggle against creational law. Thus awareness of creational law can put Christians on-guard against uncritically accepting fallen aspects of culture; it alerts Christians to the need of applying Scripture with Spirit-guided wisdom to every aspect of life.

If all of creation is good, and if the fall has affected all of creation, how does the Christian discern what is good and what is bad. Or, if a missionary must contextualize his ministry in a new culture, how does he discern what is legitimate and what is compromise? Wolters’ discussion of structure and direction does not answer these questions, but it provides categories that make answering these questions possible.

The Christian must therefore wisely discern what is structural, what is directional, and how to live in the right direction.

Creation Regained: Biblical Basics for a Reformational Worldview by Albert M. Wolters

Salvation as restoration is a key point of disagreement between Wolters and two-kingdoms theorists such as David VanDrunen. Wolters is in the right on this issue. Whereas, VanDrunen sees the resurrection body as the only point of contact between this world and the new earth 66Romans 8: Those who agree with Wolters that all of creation needs to be redeemed may be tempted to overthrow creaation present order and seek to establish the ideal. Wolters notes that Christians do not have authorization to effect a revolution.

Thus, the Christian should do his best to strengthen what is good and undermine evil woltsrs he has opportunity. Thus Wolters combines modesty in effecting cultural change with the encouragement for Christians to attempt to albdrt culture as they are able in their situation. Craetion Wolters advocates a role for Christians in the restoration of the world, he does not do so in a triumphalist manner or in one in which humans are at the center of bringing about the promised redemption.

Instead, in this age, the Christian who presses for redemption can expect persecution and suffering. With this emphasis Wolters taps into a major biblical theme: Christians as sojourners in this present evil age. It is a strength that Wolters is able to maintain this emphasis alongside his emphasis of Christian attempts to live redemptively in the culture.

He has presented convincing biblical evidence in terms of creaion and farming and the latter example lends itself to extension in other areas. There also seems to be historical evidence to support his hypothesis. For instance, communism seems to fail because it violates certain creational norms. The same could be said alber certain educational theories or business practices.

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