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Creation and Recreation

1 August 1980



But, as usual, his sense of context is very accurate: he identifies the two aspects of our subject, the creation of a future society and the continuing of the creativity of the past in spite of the past. [...] Hosea says, for instance: And in that day will I make a covenant for them with the beasts of the field, and with the fowls of heaven, and with the creeping things of the ground: and I will break the bow and the sword and the battle out of the earth, and will make them to lie down safely. [...] In this play the reintegrating of the past through art and the renewal of the future through the energy of youth and nature are contrasted with the mere past and the mere future. [...] For this version of cre- ation mythology, the periodic return of the sun, moon, and stars sets the pattern for the cycle of the seasons, reflecting the work of an intelligent being who, like the God of the Old Testament, does not change, or, like the creating deity of Plato's Timaeus, imitates such a being. [...] The author of the Book of Wisdom gazes serenely at the facts of his experience, every one of which confirms the law that there are no exceptions to dying, and remarks: 'For God made not death; the genera- tions of the world are healthful; and there is no poison of destruction in them, nor is there a kingdom of death upon the earth/ The sense of the importance of beginning and ending in traditional



creation creation (literary, artistic, etc.)

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The Larkin-Stuart lectures, delivered under the auspices of Trinity College, University of Toronto, and St. Thomas Church, Jan. 30-31 and Feb. 1. 1980
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1 electronic text (76 p.)
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