Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Divinity (B.Div)


Exegetical Theology

First Advisor

Martin Franzmann

Scripture References in this Resource (separated by semi-colons)

Romans 8:12-22; Romans 7:24-25; Romans 8:11-12; Romans 12:1; 1 Peter 1:6; Galatians 6:17; 2 Corinthians 4:17; Romans 3:26; 2 Corinthians 8:14; 2 Corinthians 6:2; Matthew 12:32; Luke 20:34-35; John 1:14; Luke 24:26; 1 Corinthians 2:7; 1 Thessalonians 2:10; 1 Peter 5:10; 1 Corinthians 15:43; Philippians 3:21; 1 Peter 1:4; Galatians 3:23; Colossians 3:4; 1 Peter 2:13; Romans 1:20; Mark 10:16; Mark 13:19; 2 Peter 3:4; Revelation 3:14; Mark 16:15; Colossians 1:23; Romans 1:25; Romans 8:39; Hebrews 4:13; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Galatians 6:15;


Though the title of our paper reads "The Groaning Creation", the purpose of our discussion will be, not so much to describe the nature of creation's groaning, but to ascertain the causes of the groaning (terminus & quo) with the special purpose of predicting and defining its end (terminus ad quem) on the basis of Rom. 8;18-22. It will be the story of sin and grace, death and life, damnation and redemption, paradise lost and paradise regained as this is reflected in the physical universe. Our chief interest, however, will be eschatological. How has God's saving activity affected nature? What end awaits her? Is she to share in the final redemption of God’s people? But before vie proceed, it might be of some value briefly to orientate ourselves in the general field of eschatology.

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