Engaging God's World Book Summary Essay

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Engaging God’s World and The Call Book Summary
The books that we were required to read for Bible 115 class were Engaging God’s World – A Christian Vision Of Faith, Learning And Living by Cornelius Plantinga Jr. and The Call – Finding And Fulfilling The Central Purpose For Your Life by Os Guinness. Both books offered very useful advice for today’s Christians. Engaging God’s World is written for students and will help them make sense of their education in a Christian perspective. Both authors use scripture, humor and common sense to validate their points.
In Engaging God’s World, Plantinga looks at Christian higher education and how it fits into the world. It is intended to help Christian teenagers, college students and young adults
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Creation was also not an accident. Plantinga writes the creation was simply an act that was “fitting” for God and he states "the whole difference between construction and creation is…that a thing constructed can only be loved after it is constructed; but a thing created is loved before it exists”. The chapter concludes by discussing the creation of man in the image of God and as such, we should offer praise to Him.
In the Chapter 3 entitled “The Fall”, Plantinga calls God’s creation a paradise that was turned into a paradise lost because of sin. Sin has affected everything – plants, animals and human beings. Sin and evil are described in vivid detail and spoil the way things are supposed to be. From the beginning, humans have been choosing wrong thereby polluting and perverting our gifts from God. The chapter concludes with the question “who’s to blame?” for our fall. Did God, the devil or other unforeseen powers cause sin? No, we sin because we are sinners and we choose to. Our hope today is in Jesus Christ.
In the Chapter 4 entitled “Redemption”, this hope is described as “God’s mercy to the undeserving”. After their sin, Adam and Even couldn’t stand to look at one another’s nakedness and they tried to cover themselves with fig leaves. In a testament to the grace of God, He made garments and clothed them. Later in the chapter, the Messiah and the resurrection are discussed and described as “for us”, “for many” and “for all” in scripture. Plantinga summarizes