Quotes about creation

The Hebrew vocabulary includes no equivalent to our term ‘Nature’. This is not surprising if by ‘Nature’ we mean ‘the creative and regulative physical power which is conceived of as operating in the physical world and as the immediate cause of all its phenomena’, the only way to render this idea into Hebrew would be to say simply ‘... read more

Why not take the scenic route home? If your god is your schedule then a longer route home will be irksome. But if your God is the God who made the heavens and the earth, and pronounced them good, then the scenic route home will be a chance to share his verdict on what he has made.

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God has seen and God has said. His imagination is bone-shaking and soul-shivering, and He has never groped for words to capture (and be) those things. He imagined galaxies and clogged drains and sharks and harmonies and emotions and running and villains and foes and fungus and that heavy marriage of airs that we call water that can skips rocks a... read more

Space and time, in their own fashion, mirror His greatness; all life, His fecundity; animal life, His activity.

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What am I loving when I love you? Not bodily beauty nor the gracefulness of age; nor light’s brightness, so dear to the eyes of mine; nor the sweet melodies of song, nor the fragrance of flowers, or perfumes, of aromas; not manna nor honey; not the body so dear to the embraces of the flesh; no, these are not the things I love when I love m... read more

Do you think that, given a trillion years, or infinite time, this table could suddenly or gradually become conscious, aware of its surroundings, aware of its identity the way you are? It is simply inconceivable, and what holds for the table holds for all the other matter in the universe

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[Reason tells me of the] extreme difficulty or rather impossibility of conceiving this immense and wonderful universe, including man with his capacity for looking backwards and far into futurity, as the result of blind chance or necessity. When thus reflecting I feel compelled to look to a First Cause having an intelligent mind, in some degree a... read more

Being born again reverses the polarity of creation

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