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If the Father is only creator and not redeemer and sustainer, if the Son is only redeemer and not creator and sustainer, if the Holy Spirit is only sustainer and not creator and redeemer, then the Bible becomes unintelligible. What does John mean when he speaks of the Logos as the one through whom all things were made? What does Isaiah mean when he celebrates Yahweh as redeemer? What does the church have in mind when it prays, “Veni creator spiritus”? You can see rather quickly why the church adopted the theological principle that the works of God ad extra, that is, directed outside himself, are indivisible.

St. Thomas Aquinas thought that some things could be known by philosophers about God on the basis of reason alone. Rational reflection on the world could lead intelligent people with no religious commitments to the conclusion that there was a First Cause or Unmoved Mover responsible for the existence of this world and its progress toward its own natural ends. ” What one could not do on the basis of reason alone was conclude that the First Cause had created the world from nothing or redeemed it through Jesus Christ.

The heavens do declare the glory of God and the firmament does show forth God’s handiwork. Christians have no excuse not to celebrate that fact. The more intelligently, the better. This page intentionally left blank 5 Mary Reconsidered Protestants have, on the whole, been extremely reluctant to talk about Mary, the mother of Jesus. Any Protestant theologian who suggested that Mary’s role in the history of salvation might be an important theological issue would likely be informed that there are theological matters of more pressing concern to Protestant clergy and laity.

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