I've been wondering whether God should be seen as an artist or an engineer. The Hebrew verb commonly translated as 'created' in Genesis 1:1 bears the meaning of 'to cut out', hinting at God being a sculptor. In its endeavour to imitate scientific language, the intelligent design movement, on the other hand, wants us to believe that God is an engineer who consciously designed the entire universe. Many artists assert, however, that 'self-consciousness is the greatest enemy of creation'.
God as an artist, thus, seems to correspond to scriptural revelation, while God as an engineer is a rather modern invention of scientist-believers.