De Sacramentis 1.1.29

1.1.29 “That the discussion is especially concerned with the works of restoration.”

Having reviewed his overall project of examining the work of restoration in the previous chapter, and why he has begun with the original work of foundation, Hugh now summarizes the foregoing argument concerning the work of foundation. God first created the matter of the world in and with time but before any day; in six days this matter was “disposed into form—arranged in the first three days and in the following three adorned.” Man for whose sake everything else was made came last on the sixth day. Of interest here is Hugh’s statement that Adam and Eve were “placed in paradise, first to abide there and to work, so that after his work was finished and his obedience fulfilled, he might be transported from there to that place where he was destined to abide forever.” So Eden was only to be a temporary home. Hugh says that it is now “proper that at the very beginning of the book we first investigate the cause of man’s creation.” He makes the Augustinian point that “man was first rationally created by God and afterwards mercifully restored.” At the same time, Hugh sees divine grace as being operative in both creation and redemption: “In the one case also, when he was created, rational work was done gratuitously; in the other, when he was redeemed, the work of grace was fulfilled rationally.”

 

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