there was a time when the world was perfect. No suffering, etc. it isexplained as presactarian. Before original sin. From the time of the originalsin to the present, humanity has been alienated and through physicalexertion is able to gain some of the precious that god placed in the world.Humanity is able to rediscover the proper relationship with god.the terristrial world is made of a substance that is inert and cannot take formby itself. The visible heavens are the ones that change the elements.
chapter 2, add law after providence. Hooker’s three laws on page14.
to say something is beyond natural is again to misunderstand this notion.Nature is gods laws that govern the natural world. It is built into the verystructure of everything. If something breaks the laws of nature then it issupernatural. God created everything and if anything happens is becausegod made it happen. However, not everything is beneficial.at the highest end, the top of the chain is god. Below god are the angels.Below are the stars/planets, humans beings, sensitive parts of the terrestrialworld, things that are alive but not sentient such as elements, and thenrocks. Each is a category with a variety of things that are different. As youmove up the levels there are things that closer to the next level.Since the fall there is a tendency for this to degenerate. To go to one side oranother. Not much of a balance to either side. Each is a link toward the next.At the center is humanity. And humanity is a composite of all the othercategories. Humanity has the inanimate elements in the body but humanityalso has part of god. The story of creation, that man was created after godtook this material and breathed life into it. So this breadth, the animatingagency is a expressed as god having a piece of god in all of us. We still retainancient religion notions. When somebody dies, they expire the animatingenergy.