The Rest of Creation by Stanley E. Anderson

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The Rest of Creation

Reflections on the Sabbath in Time & Eternity

In Dirty Harry, detective Harry Callahan (Clint Eastwood) apprehends a criminal and begins his famous monologue, "I know what you're thinking. Did he fire six bullets or only five?" If Harry had instead been a pastor confronting one of his parishioners caught doing unnecessary work on Sunday, he might have begun, "I know what you're thinking. Did God create the heavens and the earth in seven days or only six?"

The Genesis account of God's creation of the world is described as six days of "work" plus a seventh day of "rest." I have often wondered how that lonely seventh day fits in with the other six and whether it actually "counts" as part of God's creation of the world.

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Stanley E. Anderson holds a degree in mathematics and has worked in data analysis, IT, and quality assurance in the aerospace industry. He and his wife are converts from Anglicanism to the Catholic Church.

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