Discuss the implications of Old Testament Creation Theology for us as New Testament believers specifically with respect to issues of creation care: in other words, responding to the question of what are the implications of Old Testament Creation Theology on how we as New Testament believers should treat and relate to the non-human portion of creation? The paper should deal with both: (a) the biblical theology that should govern how we as believers relate to creation, and (b) practical examples of the application of that biblical theology to our lives both as individual Christians and as the corporate church.
In the population of highly intelligent individuals, there exists a major variation from the norm of inborn temperament, lying beyond the normally occurring variability. These individuals share a rather unbalanced temperament with those who are most vulnerable to major psychological disorders. When and if a major disorder develops, the individual’s preexisting skewed traits manifest as premorbid personality (traits manifested as a result of illness or injury). Schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder are three conditions which are most prevalent in vulnerable individuals. To varying degrees, these individuals are usually perceived to be characteristically less social, as well more self-absorbed and often aloof. They may exhibit remarkable “learned” affability and civility, however, they are inner-directed, autonomous, and deficient in empathy and connectedness on multiple levels. Individuals with this temperament often behave oddly and are perceived as fickle, idiosyncratic, peculiar, or strange. They are often dysphoric and tend to feel an inner void and a deep-seated sense of enduring loneliness. As assumed, this can progress to episodes of precipitous depression as these individuals are weighted by doubts and mood oscillations, and are often held captive by their compulsive rituals. In “Social Anxiety, Emotional Intelligence, and Interpersonal Adjustment”, Laura Summerfeldt et al. examines the relationship between social anxiety and emotional intelligence (EI), and their shared impact upon interpersonal adjustment, through use of structural equation modeling with self-report data from a large nonclinical sample of nearly three-thousand individuals. The study found that EI was highly related to social interaction anxiety but not performance anxiety. A model permitting these three predictors to intercorrelate indicated that the EI factor was the dominant predictor of interpersonal adjustment–substantially reducing the unique contribution made by interaction anxiety. As such, this pattern reflected the principal contributions made to interaction anxiety by the interpersonal and particularly intrapersonal domains of EI. As defined, emotional intelligence is the ability to “monitor one’s own and others’ emotions, to discriminate among them, and to use the information to guide one’s thinking and actions” (Summerfeldt et al. 57). The general concept of EI is partly rooted in Thorndike’s concept of “social intelligence” and Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences–particularly “intrapersonal” and “interpersonal” intelligence. These intrapersonal and interpersonal competencies are central to contemporary conceptualizations of EI. The association between social anxiety and various indices of impaired interpersonal functioning is very well demonstrated throughout studies. Individuals with clinical levels of social anxiety are likely to live alone, remain single, and to report impaired relationships with family and peers. On the other hand, in nonclinical populations, social anxiety and its variants have been linked with loneliness, lessened social support, and quality of relationships. This significant differentiation may be best represented by the relative contribution of two distinct social anxiety constructs: fears solely about activities where one might be observed or scrutinized by others and fears about interpersonal interactions. There exist several mechanisms that may underlie the connection between socia>GET ANSWER