The God Class, Lecture 4: God Strikes Back and the Call of Abram

The God Class, Lecture 4: God Strikes Back and the Call of Abram

St Mary’s University, January 2014

Genesis has painted a negative picture of man until now. Nothing that man does seems to improve his lot, and many things he does are destructive and evil. In the call of Abram we have the beginning of God’s response and initiative to restore his Creation to the goodness it once had. God’s single and overarching plan of restoration is based on his promise to Abram that through him all the nations of the earth will be blessed. (This promise unfolds itself in the election of Israel, and the meaning of ‘Israel’ is revealed in God’s Messiah and his Advent, but we’ll get to that later on.)


Author: duanemiller

I was born in Montana and grew up in Colorado and Puebla (in Mexico). I completed a BA in philosophy at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) and then an MA in theology at St Mary's University (also in San Antonio). Later life took me to Jordan where my wife and I studied Arabic, to Israel where I helped found a seminary, and to Scotland for doctoral work, among other places. I'm highly interested in the interactions of Islam, Christianity and secularism in modern contexts. My main areas of research for my PhD in divinity were religious conversion from Islam to Christianity, contextual theology, and the shari'a's treatment of apostates. I've also published research on global Anglicanism and the history of Anglican mission in the Ottoman Empire. I've had the pleasure of teaching in many places over the years: from Costa Rica to Turkey, and Kenya to Tunisia. Presently, I live in San Antonio where I am lecturer and researcher in Muslim-Christian relations at The Christian Institute of Islamic Studies (, and sometime adjunct professor of theology at St Mary's University. Visit my blog ( or page for more information or to have me speak at your church, university or seminary.

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