Human beings can search the heavens, measure the distances of the stars, observe their revolutions, says [St]Basil [the Great], but unless they recognize “that God is the creator of the universe” they will see nothing as it truly is. If the world is cut free from its creator, it loses its natural axis. The starting point, says Basil, must be that an “intelligent cause stands behind the birth of the world.” When it is recognized that the intelligibility of the world is derived from something beyond itself, everything comes into focus. Creation displaces cosmology. When the Scripture says, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth” it rules out any form of naturalism. The world is not random or disordered, it came into being not by chance or spontaneously, but by God’s wisdom and love.
~Robert Louis Wilken, “The End Given in the Beginning: Chapter 4,” The Spirit of Christian Thought, Yale University Press, New Haven, CT, 2003, p. 141.
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