Peter Biles’ Review of “Rediscovering the Goodness of Creation”

“If you were to walk up to a random person in a busy coffee shop in midtown Manhattan and ask, ‘What’s the world’s biggest issue today?’, I’m guessing the response wouldn’t be ‘Gnosticism.'”

Thus begins Peter Biles’ recent review of Rediscovering the Goodness of Creation for Salvo #67. He points out that although most people probably haven’t thought of Gnosticism as a pressing cultural issue, we need to correct this, and he feels my book makes steps in that direction. From Biles review:

Phillips ends by giving practical steps to identify and overcome Gnostic thinking. He encourages readers to care for their bodies, marvel at beauty, and appreciate how God often works through his people and the means of creation. All of this challenges us to reject the “sacred/secular dualism” implicit in Gnosticism and to instead approach the whole world as an arena of God’s glory.

Rediscovering the Goodness of Creation helped me remember that God cares about the world he created and that he calls us to join him in his reclamation project. Whether we’re artists, ministers, carpenters, husbands, wives, or children, we can confidently declare that this world is good and that ultimately, it will be completely made new.

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