exalted mood.? ?If we are ?gods? ( <198206>Psalm 82:6), that part of the Infinite which is embodied in us must partake to a limited extent of his power to create.? Veitch, Knowing and Being, 289 ? ?Will, the expression of personality, both as originating resolutions and molding existing material into form, is the nearest approach in thought which we can make to divine creation.?
Creation is not simply the thought of God, it is also the will of God ? thought in expression, reason externalized. Will is creation out of nothing, in the sense that there is no use of preexisting material. In man?s exercise of the creative imagination there is will, as well as intellect. Royce, Studies of Good and Evil, 256, points out that we can be original in
(1) the style or form of our work,
(2) in the selection of the objects we imitate and
(3) in the invention of relatively novel combinations of material.
Style, subject combination, then, comprise the methods of our originality. Our new conceptions of nature as the expression of the divine mind and will bring creation more within our comprehension than did the old conception of the world as substance capable of existing apart from God. Hudson, Law of Psychic Phenomena, 294, thinks that we have power to create visible phantasms, or embodied thoughts, that can be subjectively perceived by others. See also Hudson?s Scientific Demonstration of Future Life, 153. He defines genius as the result of the synchronous action of the objective and subjective faculties. Jesus of Nazareth, in his judgment, was a wonderful psychic. Intuitive perception and objective reason were with him always in the ascendant. His miracles were misinterpreted psychic phenomena. Jesus never claimed that his works were outside of natural law. All men have the same intuitional power, though in differing degrees.
We may add that the begetting of a child by man is the giving of substantial existence to another. Christ?s creation of man may be like his own begetting by the Father. Behrends: ?The relation between God and the universe is more intimate and organic than that between an artist and his work. The marble figure is independent of the sculptor the moment it is completed. It remains, though he die. But the universe would vanish in the withdrawal of the divine presence and indwelling, If I were to use any figure, it would be that of generation. The immanence of God is the secret of natural permanence and uniformity. Creation is primarily a spiritual act. The universe is not what we see and handle. The real universe is an empire of energies, a hierarchy of correlated forces, whose reality and
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