“But the Christian God needs no world in order that He might be; subsisting alone He is sufficient until Himself. The doctrine of creation most decisively reveals the power of God, the Infinite Sovereign. The world was created out of nothing by the freedom of the Almighty Whose commanding Word gives to all things being and nature; of itself that world lacks any trace of internal necessity or external possibility. This created universe is found only in the Bible. Elsewhere the origin of the universe was always thought to have been mythical; either some formless chaos had evolved into the world or some divine power had fashioned it from an equally formless chaos. The Revelation of Scripture contradicted all such myth: the world is created by a God Who does not have to create in order that He might be, nor does He need the elements of the world in order that He might create.”
–Romano Guardini, THE END OF THE MODERN WORLD
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Guardini’s take is refreshing in an era when more and more theologians and scholars from various Christian backgrounds abandon the doctrine of Creation. The fact that Jesus is the Creator really does matter. “The End of the Modern World” will definitely be a book I return to multiple times.
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