Volume 2 Chapter

THE WORKS OF GOD; OR THE EXECUTION OF THE DECREES.. SECTION 1 ? CREATION. I. DEFINITION OF CREATION.

By creation we mean that free act of the triune God by which in the beginning for his own glory he made, without the use of preexisting materials, the whole visible and invisible universe.

Creation is designed origination, by a transcendent and personal God of that which itself is not God. The universe is related to God as our own volition is related to ourselves. They are not ourselves, and we are greater than they are. Creation is not simply the idea of God, or even the plan of God; it is the idea externalized, the plan executed. In other words, it implies an exercise, not only of intellect, but also of will, and this will is not an instinctive and unconscious will, but a will that is personal and free. Such exercise of will seems to involve, not self-development, but self- limitation, on the part of God; the transformation of energy into force, and so a beginning of time, with its finite successions. But, whatever the relation of creation to time, creation makes the universe wholly dependent upon God, as its originator.

F. H. Johnson, in Andover Rev., March, 1891:280, and What is Reality, 285 ? ?Creation is designed origination? Men never could have thought of God as the Creator of the world, were it not that they had first known themselves as creators.? We agree with the doctrine of Hazard, Man a Creative First Cause. Man creates ideas and volition, without use of preexisting material. He also indirectly, through these ideas and volition, creates brain-modifications. This creation, as Johnson has shown, is

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