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Quotes About Creation
Quotes about creation from throughout Christian History.
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Letter to Diognetus, A.D. 80-200
God has loved mankind. He made the world on his account. He made all the things that are in it subject to him. He gave him reason and understanding. To mankind alone God imparted the privilege of looking upwards to himself [a reference to the fact that man alone walks upright, with face lifted toward heaven]. He formed him after his own image. He sent him His only-begotten Son, has promised him a kingdom in heaven, and will give it to those who have loved Him. (ch. 10)
Justin Martyr, c. A.D. 150
We have been taught that [God] in the beginning did of his goodness, for manís sake, create all things out of unformed matter. (First Apology 10)
In these books, then, of the prophets we found Jesus our Christ foretold as coming, born of a virgin, growing up to man’s estate, healing every disease and every sickness, raising the dead, being hated, unrecognized, crucified, dying, rising again, ascending into heaven, and being and being called the Son of God. We find it also predicted that certain persons should be sent by him into every nation to publish these things, and that rather among the Gentiles [than among the Jews] men should believe on him. And he was predicted before he appeared, first 5000 years before, and again 3000, then 2000, then 1000, and yet again 800; for in the succession of generations prophets after prophets arose. (First Apology 31)
It was from our teachers … that Plato borrowed his statement that God made the world by altering matter that was shapeless … the Spirit of prophecy signified how and from what material God first formed the world in these words: "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. And the earth was invisible and unfurnished, and darkness was upon the face of the deep. The Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, 'Let there be light,' and it was so" [Gen. 1:1-3]. So we see that Plato and those who agree with him—and we ourselves—have learned … that by the Word of God the whole world was made out of the substance spoken of before by Moses. (First Apology 59)
Hermas, c. A.D. 160
[God] created the world for the sake of man, subjected all creation to him, and gave him power to rule over everything under heaven. (Shepherd of Hermas II:12:4)
The Son of God is older than all his creatures, so that he was a fellow councilor with the Father in his work of creation. (Shepherd of Hermas III:9:12)
Tatian, c. A.D. 165
Our God did not begin to be in time. He alone is without beginning, and he himself is the beginning of all things. God is a Spirit, not pervading matter, but the Maker of material spirits, and of the forms that are in matter. He is invisible, impalpable, being the Father of both sensible and invisible things. Him we know from his creation, and apprehend his invisible power by his works. I refuse to adore that workmanship which he has made for our sakes. The sun and moon were made for us. How, then, can I adore my own servants? (Address to the Greeks 4)
Theophilus, c. A.D. 170
Of this six days work no man can give a worthy explanation and description of all its parts, not though he had 10,000 tongues and 10,000 mouths. Nay, though he were to live 10,000 years … not even so could he utter anything worthy of these things because of the exceeding greatness and riches of the wisdom of God which there is in the six days work. (To Autolycus III:12)
All the years from the creation of the world amount to a total of 5698 years, and the odd months and days. (To Autolycus III:28)
Athenagoras, A.D. 177
The noblest sacrifice to him is for us to know who stretched out and vaulted the heavens, fixed the earth in its place like a center, gathered the water into seas, and divided the light from the darkness. He adorned the sky with stars and made the earth to bring forth seed of every kind. He made animals and fashioned man. (A Plea for the Christians 13)
Irenaeus, c. A.D. 185
By the hands of the Father—that is, by the Son and Holy Spirit—man, and not merely part of man, was made in the likeness of God. The soul and the spirit are certainly a part of man, but certainly not the man. The complete man consists in the mixture and union of the soul receiving the Spirit of the Father with the adding in of that fleshly nature which was molded after the image of God. (Against Heresies V:6:1)
Augustine, c. A.D. 400
In the case of a narrative of events, the question arises as to whether everything must be taken according too a figurative sense only, or whether it must be expounded and defended also as a faithful record of what happened. No Christian will dare say that the narrative must not be taken in a figurative sense. For St. Paul says: <i>Now all these things that happened to them were symbolic</i> [1 Cor. 10:11]. And he explains the statement in Genesis, And they shall be two in one flesh as a great mystery in reference to Christ and to the Church [Gen. 2:24; Eph. 5:32]. (The Literal Meaning of Genesis ch. 1, as found in Ancient Christian Writers, vol. 41)
Discover Magazine, 2009
In our universe the laws of physics seem precisely calibrated to allow the existence of long-lived stars, planets with stable orbits, and molecules that allow complex chemistry. All of these seem to be prerequisites for life. (Adarn Frank, "Cosmic Abodes of Life." Discover May 2009: 51)
Jeremiah Briggs, 2010
I'm beginning to believe that this creation story, for the most part, is about the structure and working order of the Kingdom of God, that it is story of redemption from spiritual darkness and chaos, and that it is not a literal story of the creation of this planet and its biological inhabitants. (Jeremiah Briggs Art & Illustration, Mar. 14, 2010)
Michael S. Heiser, 2012
In our earthly existence natural disasters happen not because God indiscriminately targets people with them, nor because he needs them included for some larger plan to work, but because earth is not Eden.8 Creation is behaving as it was designed to behave, but humans now suffer the consequences of being divorced from God‘s abode in Eden. (The Myth That Is True, 1st draft PDF edition, p. 22)