De Sacramentis 1.1.1

1.1.1. “That there is one first principle by which all things have been made from nothing.” God created the world from nothing, something that the “philosophers of the pagans” failed to understand, as “they maintained that God was a maker only, not a creator.” Hugh implicitly recognizes that what is at stake in the doctrine of creatio ex nihilo is nothing less than the transcendence, authority, sovereignty, and freedom of God: “ineffable omnipotence… could not have anything else coeternal with it, to assist it in making, thus reposed in itself while it wished, so that what it wished, and when, and as much as it wished, might be created out of nothing” (8-9).

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