Daring to be creative: Divine creation as a blueprint for human creativity

Patricia Kieran

Creation is not a possession but a process, and all humankind is invited to join in with God's plan for ongoing creation, writes Patricia Kieran, lecturer in Religious Education, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick.

Creativity and the birth of the world
From a Christian theological perspective, the original plan and foundation for all human creativity comes from God?s loving act of creation as recounted in two ancient Hebrew accounts of creation in the book of Genesis (Gen 1.1-2.4a; Gen 2.4b-2.25). The Hebrew word Bereshith means ?in the beginning? and translates into the Greek word Genesis, meaning origin or birth, and provides the title for the first book of the Hebrew scripture:

In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters.
(Gen. 1.1-2)

The first chapters of the book present the reader with two visions of the divine creative process. Both accounts begin by telling the story of God, the creator, who imagines and speaks into existence and names the world. The second vision (Gen 2.4b-2.25) presents God forming humans and animals like a potter, and planting a garden. These sacred narratives set the scene for all subsequent works of human creation.

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