Friday, 20 February 2009

Historicity of things

"The historical conception of things rejects of necessity a creator of the world, while accepting creators and creation within the world. The world as a whole when viewed historically is self-creative. If, indeed, we take God to mean no more than the creative impulse by which the world goes its restless way in time, in this sense there is indeed a Creator God. This is not, however, the sense which commonly attaches to the notion of a Creator God, if only because it implies that the creator is himself created along with his world. We are involved otherwise in all the mystery of a God who can foresee the history of the world, and this, if history is history, is self contradictory." (The historicity of things, S. Alexander circa. 1939)