Learn about God – the author of nature and the supernatural [2nd Edition] :
In two previous volumes 1 we considered God as He is in Himself. The remaining treatises of what is commonly called Special Dogmatic Theology treat of Him in relation to His various works, both of the natural and the supernatural order.
God’s first and primal work is the Creation of the universe. Creation constitutes the fundamental and essential postulate of all being and operation in the natural order as well as of all supernatural institutions, such as the Incarnation, Grace, the Sacraments, etc. Hence, the dogmatic treatise De Deo Creante et Elevante, which
forms the subject matter of this volume, views God as the Author of Nature and the Super natural. A true idea of Creation is indispensable to deepen and perfect the conception of God gained from the two preceding treatises.
As the innermost Essence of God is self-existence, so the cosmos (by which we mean everything not-God) is essentially dependent on God as its first and sole cause. The universe is no ens a se; it is entirely ab alio. This dependency is co-existent with the universe in all its phases. From the moment of its creation down to the hour of its consummation the universe is and remains essentially ens ab alio. It depends on God for its being and operation, and would sink back into nothingness without Him. Consequently God’s absolute causality must be our guiding principle in studying the doctrine of Creation. It is in the light of this principle that we must envisage the created universe, all things visible and invisible, the whole of nature and the supernatural order.