Paul's epistle to the Romans offers a thorough framework for what would become the Christian worldview. In Romans, Paul outlines core themes related to the natural world, human identity, human relationships, and culture. The way Paul delivers the message that became the heart of Christian doctrine was to present not a systematic theology, but a reasoned outline of why the teachings of Christ offered something new and potentially meaningful.
One of the themes in Romans, and particularly in the first several chapters, is Paul's view of the natural world. In Romans, Paul spends a good deal of time on the nature of creation and the human relation to it. As of Romans 1:3, at the start of the letter, Paul is already referring to Jesus's "earthly life," thus focusing on the physicality of Christ and linking Jesus to the natural world. Paul understands that much of his audience will...
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