What is to be thought of the opinion that attributes the first formation of things to a fortuitous combination of matter, in other words, to
"Another absurdity! Who that is possessed of common sense can regard chance as an intelligent agent? And, besides, what is chance? Nothing."
The harmony which regulates the mechanism of the universe can only result from combinations adopted in view of predetermined ends, and thus, by its
very nature, reveals the existence of an Intelligent Power. To attribute the first formation of things to chance is nonsense for chance cannot produce
the results of intelligence. If chance could be intelligent, it would cease to be chance.
What proof have we that the first cause of all things is a Supreme Intelligence, superior to all other intelligences?
"You have a proverb which says, 'The workman is known by his work.' Look around you, and, from the quality of the work, infer that of the workman."
We judge of the power of an intelligence by its works as no human being could create that which is produced by nature, it is evident that the first
cause must be an Intelligence superior to man. Whatever may be the prodigies accomplished by human intelligence, that intelligence itself must have a
cause and the greater the results achieved by it, the greater must be the cause of which it is the effect. It is this Supreme Intelligence that is the
first cause of all things, whatever the name by which mankind may designate it.
When we say that God is eternal, infinite, unchangeable, immaterial, unique, all-powerful, sovereignty just and good, have we not a complete idea of
"Yes, judging from your point of view, because you think that you sum up everything in those terms; but you must understand that there are things
which transcend the intelligence of the most intelligent man, and for which your language, limited to your ideas and sensations, has no expressions.
Your reason tells you that God must possess those perfections in the supreme degree; for, if one of them were lacking, or were not possessed by Him in
an infinite degree, He would riot be superior to all, and consequently would not be God. In order to be above all things, God must undergo no
vicissitudes, He must have none of the imperfections of which the imagination can conceive."
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