Avicenna and the Necessity of Creation

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Whilest reading this book (to your right), the author brought to my attention an Islamic philosopher, who like others of the time, descended intellectually from Aristotle. Avicenna (980-1037) proposed several things which strikes me as necessary. First, that God is the “apex of being.” Further, the philosopher believed that God is always acting. This led to the idea that God’s creation is “both eternal and necessary.” That’s about where I stop with Avicenna.

God the Monad, as Marcellus of Ancyra would argue, would then divide economically, into the Triad. We see this type of belief in the ancient Egyptians as well, in their supreme Monad. It’s the latter view that grasps my mind, however. God is Creator first and foremost for me. He is judge because he is first creator. Further, he could not be almighty without a creation to be compared too. So, God as Creator is his first attribute. Now, to be a Creator, one must always be a creator and to always be creating. In the first premise then, if God is indeed first a Creator, then creation is by necessity and not his “freewill,” or else otherwise, God would not be Creator. The Deists among us, the Young Earth Creationists and the like, tend to believe that God finished creating, but this is far from the truth, as the “Creation Week” never ends, and we may but look at each new season, each new birth, as God’s continued Creation. (Time is but an illusion, after all).

So, in Avicenne’s use of Aristotle, I find much promise.

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