Failure properly to relate the Gospel Commission of the New Testament to the
Commission of Genesis (the Creation Mandate) lies behind much of Evangelicalism’s
current weaknesses and internal conflicts. The New Testament, when clarifying the
radical nature of the gospel, appears at times to disparage the created order within
which we now live. But this is to misunderstand it. The gospel must in fact be
understood in terms of Christ’s restoration of creation, the supreme evidence of which
is the resurrection of the body, rather than the immortality of the soul.
Though starting from a different standpoint, McCaulay reaches similar conclusions as NT Wright in my favourite book of last year: Surprised by Hope