Feb 13, 2023: The Metanarrative

Robert E. Webber

The key to understanding spirituality as lived theology is found in God’s vision of creation, incarnation, and recreation. The Triune God creates a world in which to dwell and a people to be his family. He gives them the task of making the world the theater of his glory. They rebel (the fall) and turn against their Creator, and the culture they make reflects their rebellion against God’s purposes for themselves and the world. God becomes involved in creation to reverse the order of things, to redeem the world, and to restore his rule over creation. God accomplishes his restoration of creation in the incarnation, in which he unites with humility, taking into himself the sin and suffering of the world so that humanity may be united with him once again. By his death and resurrection he triumphs over sin and death and begins the new creation that will be fulfilled in the new heavens and earth.

-Robert Webber, The Divine Embrace: Recovering the Passionate Spiritual Life (Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2006), 32.

About the author

Alumni Director, Practicum Professor, and DWS graduate.