Dr. Noble said something the other day that I found to be profound--simple, and very Protestant (or perhaps Evangelical), but profound nonetheless:
Grace is not something, when properly understood, but someone, the person of Jesus Christ.
Perhaps we could submit that all of the recent focus on the graced nature of creation can only be properly understood when situated in the person of Jesus Christ, who is the very embodiment of grace, and thus within the graced nature of redemption. This would disrupt our modern tendency to think only chronologically--in terms of a kind of gradual "progress." In this sense, all of history--creation itself--can only be understood, can only be known, from out of Jesus Christ's incarnation, crucifixion, resurrection, ascension, and promise to come again. What do you think?