God is perfectly capable of naming every animal and giving Adam a dictionary—but he does not. He makes room for Adam’s creativity—not just waiting for Adam to give a pre-existing right answer to a quiz, but genuinely allowing Adam to be the one who speaks something out of nothing, a name where there had been none, and allowing that name to have its own being.
Culture-Making pg. 109

Actually on pg. 110 Crouch continues, “Adam, like his Maker, will be both gardener and poet, both creator and cultivator. The Creator simply watches and listens, and it is good.”

How does the author reach these statement-facts:

“the one [Adam] who speaks something out of nothing, a name where there had been none, and allowing that name to have its own being.”


This is almost heretical. Adam named an animal that GOD created into being — Adam gave it a name. Calvin says of this verse,

“Moreover, what is here said of God’s bringing the animals to Adam signifies nothing else than that he endued them with the disposition to obedience, so that they would voluntarily offer themselves to the man, in order that he, having closely inspected them, might distinguish them by appropriate names, agreeing with the nature of each. “

Crouch implies a more grandiose purpose ~~ Adam is God’s co-creator.

Did God need/want a helper. In fact, one can easily conclude that Adam and God were not at all equal beings (co-creators) because the Lord God said that Adam needs a helper, “It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him.” (Genesis 2:18)

Scripture is very clear on both the ORDER of creation and WHO did the creating.

Genesis 1:20 Let the waters teem with swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth . . . (v.21) God created the great sea monsters and every living creature that moves . . . and every winged bird . . . (v. 23) fifth day.

The fifth day continues (v. 24) Let the earth bring forth living creatures . . . (v. 25) God made the beasts of the earth after their kind, and the cattle after their kind, and everything that creeps on the ground . . . Man is created on the sixth day.

There was no participation of Adam in the creation of the animals or their being. God created the creatures — its’ being, its’ essence, it was completely sustainable and reproducible prior to receiving its’ name. God, not Adam, even blesses the creatures (v. 22)

Crouch says, “The Creator, simply watches and listens” I suggest that this statement-fact is a misrepresentation of God’s character.

Naming the animals must have been within God’s Will because, “God brought them to the man” (Genesis 2:19). Where is the indication that God was a bystander during any portion of Creation?

To draw the conclusion that Adam “speaks something out of nothing” 
is dangerously close to the Genesis 1 Latin concept of ‘creatio ex nihilio’ ~~ creation out of nothing.

Are Crouch’s statement-facts an accurate exegesis of Genesis 2?

Contending for the faith with you,