2.  “The Preserver of All Things.” – This means that God has not left the world He has created.  It teaches what may be called the Immanence of God.  If man is above the world, much more is God, and it may be said without any hesitation that there never has been a religion worthy of the name which did not believe that its God was above the world.  Christianity, in particular, has always taught the Immanence of God.  While emphasizing the Transcendence in association with the Divine Personality, Christian theology in all ages has always taken account of the presence of God in the world and in human life.  But there is an un-Christian view of Immanence as well, which is rightly described as Pantheism.  Christianity is neither deistic in the sense of making the Divine Transcendence absolutely remote from life, nor pantheistic in the sense of absorbing God in His creation; on the contrary, it teaches the essential truth of both positions.  If Immanence is over-pressed God becomes limited within creation and incapable of exceptional action.

From: The Principles of Theology: An Introduction to the Thirty-Nine Articles by W. H. Griffith Thomas (London: Longmans, Green and Co., 1930), p. 17.


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