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Forasmuch then as the angels are termed the “
sons of God,” it sufficiently denoteth that they are from him, not of themselves; all filiation inferring some kind of production: and being God hath but one proper and only-begotten Son, whose propriety and singularity consisteth in this, that he is of the same increated essence with the Father, all other offspring must be made, and consequently even the angels created sons; of whom the Scripture speaking saith, “ Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire." (Psal. civ. 4.) For although those words, at first spoken by the Psalmist, do rather express the nature of the wind and lightning: yet being the author of the Epistle to the Hebrews hath applied the same to the angels properly so called, we cannot but conclude upon his authority, that the same God who “ created the wind,”(Amos iv. 13.) and “ made a way for the lightning of the thunder,” (Job xxviii. 26.) hath also produced those glorious spirits; and as he furnished them with that activity there expressed, so did he frame the subject of it, their immaterial and immortal essence.
If then the angels and their proper habitation, the far most eminent and illustrious parts of the world, were made; if only to be made be one character of imperfection; much more must we acknowledge all things of inferior nature to have dependence on their universal Cause, and consequently this great Universe, or all things, to be made, beside that One who made them.
This is the first part of our Christian faith, against some of the ancient philosophers, who were so wildly fond of those things they see, that they imagined the Universe to be infinite and eternal,* and, what will follow from it, to be even God himself. It is true that the most ancient of the heathen were not of this opinion, but all the philosophy for many ages
delivered the World to have been made.
Mundum, et hoc quod nomine δε πάλιν φθείρεσθαι μάλιστα μεν οι περί alio coelum appellare libuit, cujus cir- τον Ησίοδον, είτα δε και των άλλων οι cumflexa teguntur cuncta, numen apūro puoiolovýdavres, says Aristotle, esse credi par est, æternum, immen. De Cælo, I. iii. c. 1. In which words sum, neque genitum, neque interitu- he manifestly attributes the doctrine rum unquam.' Plin. Nat. Hist. I. ii.c.1. of the creation of the world not only
† revóuevov pèv oüv äravtes eivai to Hesiod, but to all the first natural paolv, says Aristotle, De Cælo, I. i. philosophers : which learning, beginc. 10. confessing it the general opi- ning with Prometheus the first pronion that the world was made.- fessor of that science, continued in Which was so ancient a tradition of that family amongst the Atlantiadæ, all the first philosophers, that from who all successively delivered that Linus, Musæus, Orpheus, Homer, truth. After them the Ionian philoHesiod, and the rest, they all men- sopby did acknowledge it, and the tion the original of the world, en- Italian received it by Pythagoras, titliog their books, Koouoyovia, or whose scholars all maintained it beOcoyovia, or the like. Eloi yáp riveç side Ocellus Lucanus, the first of οι φασιν ούθεν αγέννητον είναι των πρα- them that fancied the world not Yuárwv, allà távra yiyveogal 'yevó- made, whom Plato, though he much ueva de rd plv apsapra diaulvav, rå esteemed him, yet followed not; for
When this tradition of the creation of the World was delivered in all places down successively by those who seriously considered the frame of all things, and the difference of the most ancient poets and philosophers from Moses was only in the manner of expressing it; those which in after-ages first denied it, made use of very frivolous and inconcluding arguments, grounding their new opinions upon weak foundations.
For that which in the first place they take for granted as an axiom of undoubted truth, that * Whatsoever hath a beginning, must have an end,' and consequently, ' Whatsoever shall have no end, hath no beginning,' is grounded upon no general reason, but only upon particular observation of such things here below, as from the ordinary way of generation, tend in some space of time unto corruption. From whence, seeing no tendency to corruption in several parts of the World, they conclude that it was never generated, nor had any cause or original of its being. Whereas, if we would speak properly, future existence or non-existence hath no such relation unto the first production. Neither is there any contradiction that at the same time one thing may begin to be, and last but for an hour, another continue for a thousand years, a third begin. ning at the same instant remain for ever: the difference being either in the nature of the thing so made, or in the determinations of the will of him that made them. Notwithstanding then their universal rules, which are not true but in some limited particulars, it is most certain the whole world was made, and of it part shall perish, part continue unto all eternity; by which something which had a beginning shall have an end, and something not.
The second fallacy which led them to this novelty was the very name of Universe, which comprebended in it all things; from whence they reasoned thus: If the World or Universe were made, then were all things made; and if the World shall be dissolved, then all things shall come to nothing;* which is there is nothing more evident than και ευρόντα εις πάντας αδύνατον λέγειν that he held the world was made. p. 303. cannot (potwithstanding all Λέγωμεν δή, δι' ήν αιτίαν γένεσιν και the shifts of his Greek expositors) be το πάν τόδε ο ξυνιστάς ξυνέστησεν, imagined to have conceived the world åyalds hv. p. 304. ed. Bipont." In not made. And Aristotle, who best which words he delivers not only the understood him, tells us clearly his generation of the universe, but also opinion év tvị Tipaiv (from whence I the true cause thereof, which is the cited the precedent words). Ékki yáp goodness of God. For he which asks onoi Tòv oúpavov (where by the way this plain and clear question: Tótepov observe that in Plato's Timæus oupaήν αεί, γενέσεως αρχήν έχων ουδεμίαν, νος and κόσμος are made synonymous) ή γέγονεν, απ' αρχής τινός αρξάμενος; γενέσθαι μεν, ου μεν φθαρτόν. De Colo, and answers the question briefly with I. i. c. 10. a yeyovev, p. 302.; he wbich gives this * Ocellus Lucanus, IIepi rñs Toû general rule upon it: τω δ' αυ γενο- παντός φύσεως, which book Aristotle μένω φαμέν υπ' αιτίου τινός ανάγκην hath made use of, and transcribed in elval yevéolai and then immediately many parts. concludes: τον μεν ούν ποιητής και 1 Το πάν γινόμενον σύν πάσι γίνεται, πατέρα τούδε του παντός ευρείν τε έργον, και το φθειρόμενον συν πάσι φθείρεται
impossible. For if all things were made, then must either all, or at least something, have made itself, and so have been the cause of itself as of the effect, and the effect of itself as of the cause, and consequently in the same instant both have been and not been, which is a contradiction. But this fallacy is easily discovered : for when we say the Universe or all things were made, we must be always understood to except him who made all things, neither can we by that name be supposed to comprehend more than the frame of heaven and earth, and all things contained in them; and so he which first devised this argument hath himself acknowledged.*
Far more gross was that third conceit, That, if the World were ever made, it must be after the vulgar way of ordinary natural generations : in which ťtwo mutations are observable, the first from less to greater, or from worse to better; the second from greater to less, or from better to worse. (The beginning of the first mutation is called generation, the end of it perfection: the beginning of the second is from the same perfection, but concluded in corruption or dissolution.) But none hath ever yet observed that this frame of the World did ever grow up from less to greater, or improve itself from worse to better: nor can we now perceive that it becomes worse or less than it was, by which decretion we might guess at a former increase, and from a tendency to corruption collect its original generation. This conceit, I say, is far more gross. For certainly the argument so managed proves nothing at all, but only this (if yet it prove so much), that the whole frame of the World, and the parts thereof which are of greater perfection, were not generated in that manner in which we see some other parts of it are: which no man denies. But that there can be no other way of production beside these petty generations, or that the World was not some other way actually produced, this argument doth not endeavour to infer, nor can any other prove it.
The next foundation upon which they cast off the constant doctrine of their predecessors, was that general assertion, That it is impossible for any thing to be produced out of nothing, or to be reduced unto nothing :S from whence it will inκαι τούτό γε αδύνατον. άναρχον ούν και Εάν ούν και το όλον και το πάν γεννητών ατελεύτητον το παν. Οcellus, c. 1. p. έστι και φθαρτόν, γενόμενον, από του 506. ed. Gal.
μείονος επί το μείζον μετέβαλε, και από • Το δέ γε όλον και το πάν ονομάζω τού χείρονος επί το βέλτιον. Ocellus, τον σύμπαντα κόσμον· διά γάρ τούτο c. 1. p. 506. και της προσηγορίας έτυχε, εκ των απάν 1 Το δέ γε όλον και το πάν ουδέν των δή κοσμηθείς. Ocellus, c. 1. p. 508. ημίν εξ αυτού παρέχεται τεκμήριον τοι
+ Πάν το γενέσεως αρχήν ειληφός ούτον ούτε γάρ γενόμενον αυτό είδομεν, και διαλύσεως οφείλον κοινωνήσαι δύο ούτε μεν επί το βέλτιον και το μείζον επιδέχεται μεταβολάς. μίαν μεν την από μεταβάλλον, ούτε χείρον ποτε ή μείον του μείονος επί το μείζον, και την από γενόμενον· αλλ' αεί κατά ταυτό και του χείρονος επί το βέλτιον" δευτέραν ωσαύτως διατελεί, και ίσον και όμοιον đề này drò Toũ giovox & mi Tò Heiov, adrò “autoũ. Ocellus, c. 1. p. 507. και την από του βελτίoνος επί το χείρον. . 9 'Αμήχανον γάρ το ον αποτελέσθαι,
evitably follow, that the matter of this World hath always been, and must always be. The clear refutation of which difficulty requires an explication of the manner how the World was made: the second part before propounded for the exposition of this Article.
Now that the true nature, and manner of this action may be so far understood as to declare the Christian faith, and refute the errors of all opposers, it will be necessary to consider it first with reference to the object or effect; secondly, in relation to the cause or agent; thirdly, with respect unto the time or origination of it.
The action by which the heaven and earth were made, considered in reference to the effect, I conceive to be the production of their total being; so that whatsoever entity they had when made, had no real existence before they were so made. And this manner of production we usually term creation, as excluding all concurrence of any material cause, and all dependence of any kind of subject, as presupposing no privation, as including no motion, as signifying a production out of nothing; that is, by which something is made, and not any thing preceding out of which it is made.* This is the proper and peculiar sense of the word creation : not that it signifies so much by virtue of its origination or vulgar use in the Latin tongue ;+ nor that the Hebrew word used by Moses, "'In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth,” (Gen. i. 1.) hath of itself any such peculiar acceptation. For it is often used synonymously # with words which signify any kind of εκ των μη όντων, και εις το μη όν αναλυ- Aben Ezra; not these or any other θήναι. άφθαρτον άρα και ανώλεθρον το fancies of the Rabbins; as if N15 nãv. Ocellus, c. 1. p. 511.
signified one work, and Tuy another; * So I conceive it best expressed for they both express the production, by Anselm, archbishop of Canter- as appears clearly in the following bury: ‘Dicitur aliquid esse factum verse, “ These are the generations de nihilo, cum intelligimus esse qui- of the heavens and of the earth, dem factum, sed non esse aliquid Ond when they were created, unde sit factum. Monologii, c. 8.
+ Creatio apud nos generatio vel God made the heaven and the earth.” nativitas dicitur, apud Græcos vero So Isa. xlv. 12. “I have made the sub nomine creationis verbum facturæ earth, and created man upon it:" et conditionis accipitur.' S. Hieron. where the first expresseth the proper, ad Eph. c. 4.
the second the improper creation. * 1893 is promiscuously used with Which indifferent acceptation apTuy which is of the greatest lati- peareth in collating Psal. cxv. 15. tude, denoting any kind of effection, cxxi. 2. with Isa. xlii. 5. xlv. 18. ás and with: 739 which rather implies a also Isa. xvii. 7. with Eccl. xii. 1. formation out of something, from From whence the LXX. translate whence 1994 a potter. For the first, X) indifferently ToleTV or kriselv. we read Gen. ii. 3. that “God rest- For the second, 739 is usually ren
, swoy' ontbx not that on the sixth the LXX. though generally
Nártelv, day he did the work of two days, that yet sometimes kričelv. And that it he might rest on the seventh, as hath the same signification, will apRabbi Solomon; not that in six days pear by conferring Gen. ii. 7. with he made the roots of things that they Isa. xlv. 12. and not only so, but by might afterwards produce the like, as that single verse, Isa, xliii. l. “Now
in the day that the Lord ביום עשות
production or formation, and by itself it seldom denotes a production out of nothing, or proper creation, but most frequently the making of one substance out of another pre-exist ing, as the fishes of the water; (Gen. i. 21.). and man of the dust of the earth; (Gen. i. 27. ii. 7.) the renovating or restoring any thing to its former perfection, (Psal. li. 10. Isa. Ixv. 17.) for want of Hebrew words in composition; or lastly, the doing some new or wonderful work,* the producing some strange and admirable effect, as the opening the mouth of the earth, (Numb. xvi. 30.) and the signal judgments on the people of Israel. (Isa. Ixv. 7.).
We must not therefore weakly collect the true nature of creation from the force of any word which by some may be thought to express so much, but we must collect it from the testimony of God the Creator, in his Word, and of the World created, in our reason. The opinion of the Church of the Jews will sufficiently appear in that zealous mother to her seventh and youngest son; “1 beseech thee, my son, look upon the heaven and the earth, and all that is therein, and consider that God made them of things that were not:” (2 Macc. vii. 28.) which is a clear description of creation, that is, produce tion out of nothing. But because this is not by all received as canonical, we shall therefore evince it by the undoubted testimony of St. Paul, who, expressing the nature of Abraham's faith, propoundeth “him whom he believed as God who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not, as though they were.” (Rom. iv. 17.) For, as to be called in the language of the Scripture is to be, (“ Behold what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God," saith St. John in his first Epistle, (iii. 1.) who in his Gospel (i. 12.) told us," he hath given us power to become the sons of God :") so to call is to make, or cause to be. As where the prophet Jeremy saith, “ Thou hast caused all this evil to come upon them, (Jer. xxxii. 23.) the originalt may be thought to speak no more than this, thou hast called this evil to them. He therefore “ calleth those things which be not, as if they were,” who maketh those things which were not, to be, and produceth that which hath a being out of that which had not, that is, out of nothing. This reason, generally persuasive unto faith, is more peculiarly applied by the apostle to the belief of the creation : for “ through faith thus saith the Lord 787 that created **Creatio atque conditio nunquam thee, O Jacob, 718" and he that nisi in magnis operibus nominantur: formed thee, O Israel.” Lastly, all verbi causa, mundus creatus est, these are jointly used in the same urbs condita est; domus vero, quamvis validity of expression, Isa. xliii. 7. magna sit, ædificata potius dicitur, “Every one that is called by my quam condita vel creata. In magnis name: for 190872 I have created enim operibus atque facturis verbum him for my glory, 1778 I have creationis assumitur.' S. Hieron. ad formed him, yea ynwy I have made Eph. c. 4. bim.”