Learn about God – the author of nature and the supernatural [3rd 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.
Creation may be regarded from two distinct points of vantage: either (i) subjectively, as the creative act of God (actus creationis} ; or (2) objectively, as the result of this act, namely, the work of Creation (opus creationis). Hence the present volume embraces two main divisions :(I) Creation considered as a divine act, and (II) Creation considered as the result of that act, or the created universe.
THE DOGMA That the universe was created out of nothing is one of the fundamental articles of the Catholic
faith. Dogmatic theology demonstrates it from Holy Scripture, defends it against the opposing heresies of Dualism and Pantheism, clears up certain supplementary and explanatory notions that center about the dogma, e. g., the liberty of the divine act of Creation, the simultaneous be ginning of the world and of time, the in communicability
of creative power, etc.