English 233:  Introduction to Western Humanities - Baroque & Enlightenment

Note on the "interventionist policy of the Creator."

To say that the Bible depicts God as "interventionist" means that

(1) God is portrayed as caring, intensely concerned (not as merely disinterestedly monitoring all that takes place in the world); this God is a loving deity.

(2) Nature and human affairs are represented as a process of event constantly open to advent. God constantly participates in history.  (He is not merely intensely concerned, but actively concerned in what goes on in history.)

In explaining the latter, you should be able to cite some important subcategories (miracles, revelations, the sacraments [according to the Catholic and Lutheran doctrines], answers to prayers) and examples.

These interventions of the Creator into the creation take place from the outset: God walks in the garden (Genesis 3:8f); He imposes curses imposed as punishment upon the serpent, Eve and Adam, respectively (3:14-19); He expels them from the garden (3:23-24).

Subsequently, divine interventions proliferate:

(Note:  The point of the items set between curly brackets - {...} - is to suggest the intrinsically controversial nature of particular claims about "the role of God's hand in history."  Is there a method devisable to secure agreement upon them?  Is there a manner outside of a "method"?)

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