Creation & Freedom

In the proclamation of the Creed, we begin by speaking of God in his eternal being ("the Father almighty"), and then we go on to declare what God does outside of his eternal being ("Creator of heaven and earth"). Two things are affirmed here: With respect to eternity, God is the Father almighty. With respect to time, he is the Creator of heaven and earth.

The first affirmation has a "metaphysical" quality; it affirms that God cannot not be other than the Father Almighty. This is what he must be. The second affirmation, however, involves God's free decision: "Let us make. . . ." What . . .

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Patrick Henry Reardon is pastor of All Saints Antiochian Orthodox Church in Chicago, Illinois. He is the author of Christ in the Psalms, Christ in His Saints, and The Trial of Job (all from Conciliar Press). He is a senior editor of Touchstone.

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