Summary of Catechism paragraphs 279-301, 337-49:

  • God created the entire cosmos out of nothing; all that exists, whether spiritual or material, owes its origins, life, and existence to God.
  • Perfectly sufficient within Himself, God was under no necessity or constraint to create.
  • But out of His own sovereign freedom, He chose to create the cosmos, to show forth His glory by making creatures who could share in His life, goodness, and love.
  • As St. Thomas Aquinas observed, “Creatures came into existence when the key of love opened His hand.”
  • Creation is thus the first step toward God’s covenant of love with humankind; indeed, He made the cosmos as a gift for us.
  • The creation accounts in Genesis are not intended as a scientific textbook; the sacred author is not trying to explain precisely how God created everything.
  • Rather, the language of Scripture conveys the essential theological point: that creation has its origin from God, and that it is good in itself because it reflects the order, beauty, and wisdom of the Creator.
  • As a result, the Church welcomes scientific advances that can teach us about the nature of the physical world, and its fascinating intricacies that inspire wonder and admiration.
  • While science plays a vital role in analyzing the material world, it cannot properly address the profound spiritual questions that have long absorbed the human mind.
  • The Church has defended the truth about creation from various heresies over the centuries, upholding its goodness and testifying to God’s continuing care for His creatures.

Live Your Faith

Has the beauty of the natural world helped us to draw near to God, praising Him for its extravagant variety? Or do we sometimes take creation for granted, and miss out on God’s elaborate gift to us? Let us examine our attitudes toward creation and resolve to be better stewards of the world God has entrusted to us.