Eriugena on God’s essence of life.

J. Philip Newell writes of the teachings of ninth-century Celtic philosopher John Scotus Eriugena. As Newell relates, Eriugena believed that Christ manifests to us not only in scripture but also in creation (34). “Eriugena tells us that God is in all things, the essence of life; God has not created everything out of nothing, but out of his own essence, out of his very life. This is the light that is in all things. . . . The world, therefore, Eriugena regarded as theophany, a visible manifestation of God. . . . To know the Creator, we need only look at the things he has created. The way to learn about God, Eriugena believed, is ‘through the letters of Scripture and through the species of creation’” (35).
— J. Philip Newell, Listening for the Heartbeat of God: A Celtic Spirituality. New York: Paulist Press, 1997. Print.

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