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Verbum et Ecclesia

versão On-line ISSN 2074-7705
versão impressa ISSN 1609-9982

Verbum Eccles. (Online) vol.32 no.1 Pretoria  2011 



Sound: Conceivably the creative language of God, holding all of creation in concert



Mark PretoriusI, II

IDepartment of Dogmatics and Christian Ethics, University of Pretoria, South Africa
IISouth African Theological Seminary, Rivonia, South Africa





This paper revolved around the idea that sound within light is the primary medium God used to bring all of creation into existence (creatio). The theory is that the harmonic tones embedded within the initial spoken light of Genesis 1:3 are still reverberating within creation today (concursus) and can be used for the benefit of all (providentia). This simply means that nature is providentially geared to move in a specific direction, according to God's overall plan for everyone's benefit.



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Mark Pretorius
PO Box 258
Rivonia 2128
South Africa

Received: 23 Nov. 2010
Accepted: 31 May 2011
Published: 03 Nov. 2011

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