Some articles on Creation Continua, ex nihilo

The Courage of a Mother (2 Macc. 7:20-42)
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This one is devoted to Rodney’s pet project, Creation Continua,

Creatio ex Capacitas and Creatio Continua: When having Power just isn’t

The biblical passage above has been the subject of much debate in light of not only how God created, but also as to out of what He created. There are two main camps in this debate: those who affirm creatio ex nihilo and those who affirm panentheism. Both speak of God’s omnipotent creativity expressed through the generation of new modes of existence. Creatio ex nihilo advocates claim that God did this ‘out of nothing;’ creating all things out of absolutely nothing. Panentheists purport that God created by influencing a realm of ‘non-divine actualities.’ These non-divine actualities are comprised of ‘moments of experience,’ which have always been, and these actualities present the options from which the next moments are created. Panentheists believe a realm of actualities has always existed alongside God, although the individual actualities themselves are neither eternal nor do possess any divine power in, or of, themselves

This is interesting as well:

The Greeks held that the cosmos had always existed, that there has always been matter out of which the world has come into its present form. Aristotle (384-322 BC), the foremost natural philosopher of his day, had developed a philosophical argument for the eternity of the world (Physics, I, 9; On the Heavens, I, 3). Philosophers of other schools such as the Stoics and the Epicureans also agreed that the world or its underlying reality is eternal. All these thinkers were led to this conclusion because they observed that “nothing can come out of nothing,” and so there always has to be a “something” that other things can come from, however one understands the processes of coming into being and passing away.

Against this notion of an eternal cosmos, the church fathers reasserted the biblical doctrine of creation, and in doing so they emphasized not only the transcendent otherness of God but also the astonishing immensity of God’s power.

God did not form the world out of a pre-existent matter, but spoke into being (“Let there be!”) that which literally did not exist before.

This doctrine of creation out of nothing (creatio ex nihilo) is not a teaching dependent upon particular biblical passages, though thinkers have cited 2 Maccabees 7:28 and Rom. 4:19, both of which speak of God bringing things into existence from non-existence. Yet these verses exerted less influence than the declarations of God’s creative power found throughout the Bible.

 

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