"This also reminds me that I wrote a paper on 1:18 and James' creation theology. I'll have to dig it out, neaten it up and post it some day."
I really hope you do James. It jogged my memory as well. I wrote a paper when I was at Moody Bible Institute on the creation theology in the Book of Romans. I just searched my hard drive for it and discovered to my horror that it was one of the victims of one of my many hard drive failures. Maybe I'll try to rebuild it someday as well.