St. Peter on Creation

St. Peter of Alexandria died ca. 311

The things which pertain to the divinity and humanity of the Second Man from heaven, in what has been written above, according to the blessed apostle, we have explained; and now we have thought it necessary to explain the things which pertain to the first man, who is of earth and earthy, being about, namely, to demonstrate this, that he was created at the same time one and the same, although sometimes he is separately designated as the man external and internal. For if, according to the Word of salvation, He who made what is without, made also that which is within, He certainly, by one operation, and at the same time, made both, on that day, indeed, on which God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness; (Gen. 1:26) whence it is manifest that man was not formed by a conjunction of the body with a certain pre-existent type. For if the earth, at the bidding of the Creator, brought forth the other animals endowed with life, much rather did the dust which God took from the earth receive a vital energy from the will and operation of God. (Fragments, 6)

Comments

  1. This is an amazing quote! I just heard a pod cast on Ancient Faith Radio, I believe it is called “Search the Scriptures”, where the speaker discusses that the Orthodox Church does not read Genesis literally the way the modern Evangelicals do. She said that the Church Fathers believed that God did literally create everything but saw it through the filter of the science of the day. If you follow her logic, if the Church Fathers were on earth today, they would believed that God did “literally” create all things, but that He did it through the process of macro-evolution over hundreds of millions of years.

    Am I on the right path here to think that this quote goes directly against that thinking? Where St. Peter says, “He certainly, by one operation, and at the same time, made both, on that day, indeed, on which God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness; (Gen. 1:26) whence it is manifest that man was not formed by a conjunction of the body with a certain pre-existent type.”

    V/r

    Toby

  2. You got it brother! Check this post out:
    http://oldbelieving.wordpress.com/2012/10/12/saints-holy-elders-and-theologians-who-have-lived-since-darwin/

    Check out his site, he has some GREAT stuff on creation.

  3. There are other creation quotes you’ll like on this site too:
    http://classicalchristianity.com/category/holyfathers/creation/

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