De Sacramentis 1.1.2

1.1.2 1.1.2 “Whether matter was made before form.” Granted that matter was created by God, was it initially created with or without form? The church fathers have left conflicting statements on this matter, but they did so in a cautious manner, recognizing the “obscure and doubtful” nature of the matter, “so remote from our knowledge.”  Those who asserted that God created matter with form did so for an appreciable (even if not finally compelling) reason, namely that it seems “unworthy of the omnipotence of the Creator… to bring his work to perfection through intervals of time.”

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