Two general positions are held in regard to the origin of nature. One is that God created nature, and the other is that matter is eternal. The doc- trine of Creation by God, as usually held, is that which has been deduced from the Mosaic account in Genesis. This teaches that God created the universe and all things therein out of nothing, by simply saying, let it be, and it came into existence. Still, Moses never says that they were created out of nothing. This view is tersely put in the Presbyterian Confession of Faith, as follows : " The work of creation is that wherein God did in the beginning, by the word of his power, make of nothing, the world and all things therein for himself, within the space of six days, and all very good."
An exceedingly interesting illustration of Swedenborg's philosophy is afforded by the researches of Darwin into the growth of plants.
THE NEW EDITION OF THE PRINCIPIACONTENTS OF THE PRINCIPIA