“Regardless of what you call it, ancient gully, valley, gulch, ravine, you can come up with a thousand names, the question is – how did it form?” Golombek reiterated. “ That is our objective. What matters is whether we can determine if this feature was water-carved, and if it was, determine if it was prominently liquid water, like a stream or lake coming over the edge. Or, was it a mudflow, hyper-concentrated liquid slush with sediment? Or was it a dry avalanche? We can test these hypotheses,” he said.
The list in which perseverance occurs in 2 Peter 1:5-7 is more extensive. This literary form, sometimes called climax or gradatio, was common in Stoicism and Greek popular philosophy, and occurs also in early Christian writings, although it is found otherwise only in Romans 5:3-5 among the New Testament lists of virtues. This example of perseverance is set between God's gift of life ( 1:3-4 ) and the anticipation of being welcomed into the eternal kingdom of Christ ( 1:11 ). It is because of what God has bestowed that believers are exhorted to employ faith in producing virtue. Each of those listed is the means whereby the next is produced.