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*Image: Creation of the Animals by Jacopo Tintoretto, 1551-1552 (Gallerie dell’Accademia, Venice)

By John M. Grondelski, The Catholic Thing, April 11, 2023

John Grondelski (Ph.D., Fordham) is a former associate dean of the School of Theology, Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey. All views herein are exclusively his.

In his newly rediscovered lectures, now published as The Divine ProjectJoseph Ratzinger discusses the significance of the theology of Creation, with special focus – among many important things – on the challenge of seeing Creation as the first and continuing unfolding of God’s “project” of loving redemption towards the human person, the only creature on earth God wanted for himself.

Earlier on this site, speaking of the high stakes of Creation, I noted the intellectual impediments that impair Anglo-American understanding of the theology of Creation.  My claim is that the ongoing impact of Deism results in a somewhat removed, off-limits God, which thereby eviscerates a genuine Catholic understanding of Creation because it essentially closes off the awareness of God’s action in history, including the history of our own lives. …