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De Mundi Creatione

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This chapter discusses the creation of the world. One understands 'creation of the world' to mean its production from nothing, achieved by the almighty power of God alone. Therefore also in Holy Scripture and in the Apostles' Creed, the Creator of heaven and earth is designated with the epithet 'God almighty'. God has shown his omnipotence in the things He has created in two respects: Either immediately, since He has produced the nature of many things entirely out of nothing. The form of the world created by God is discerned in the most skillful assembly of all its parts, the very functional arrangement within them, and the greatest harmony among them. The goal is the revelation of the goodness, wisdom, and power of God; and the everlasting praise of these virtues through all creatures, especially those endowed with reason.

Keywords: Apostles' Creed; creation of the world; God; Holy Scripture; wisdom

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