2 On the other hand, though the idea of creation is self-consistent and naturally attainable by the mind interpreting the world in the light of the principle of causality, nevertheless such is not its actual source.
It follows, therefore, that; However, as thus continuous, it is called conservation, an act, therefore, which is nothing else than the unceasing influx of the creative cause upon the existence of the creature.
The early Christian writers, learning from Revelation that the world was produced from nothing, and seeing the necessity of having a term to designate such an act chose the word creare , which theretofore had been used to express any form of production, e.g. The theological usage afterwards passed into modern language.
Probably the idea of creation never entered the human mind apart from Revelation.
Other characteristics there are, the more important of which will come out in what follows.
1 The idea of creation thus outlined is intrinsically consistent.