Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Ex nihilo

John Frame on creation ex nihilo from The Doctrine of God:

So the doctrine of creation ex nihilo is perhaps best understood as a negative doctrine. It does not attempt, positively, to explain the process of creation, but leaves that mysterious. Its whole purpose is to deny two false views: creation from preexisting reality, and emanation from the divine essence, Since there are no other possible sources for the material being of the world, we say that there is no such source, or, in other words, that the source is nothing-however confusing that expression may be. (300)

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