The providence of God regarding the universe: part three of by William of Auvergne, Roland J. Teske

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Those things that are neglected are, of course, said not to be cared for. Moreover, such forces or powers /755a/ are like helms by which the things rule themselves according to this. No helmsman, however, of ships is said not to govern the ship, of which he holds the helm, but is said to govern it by the 32 William of Auvergne The Providence of God regarding the Universe helm. If, therefore, the creator holds such powers, which are helms of such things, how will he be said not to govern such things?

Hence it is that he does not care about the number of atoms and of other minutiae of this sort and about some things, but only about those in which there is the hope or certitude of the benefits he intends. Moreover, it is not possible for a human being to care about them individually or one by one, because he cannot even think of them. But in the creator care and providence are as remotely otherwise and as dissimilar as his goodness and wisdom are remote from human wisdom and goodness, however great they might be.

Moreover, those are most noble in rational creatures, and similarly bodily ones, which come from the creator by a most noble creation. But I understand this concerning bodily ones that are merely bodily. If he does not, therefore, have care for those that are most noble, for all the more reason he will not have care for the less noble, and thus he will care for nothing at all in the universe. For, if he does not care for the more noble ones, much less will he care for the least noble, and if the highest, much less will he not care for the intermediate and the lowest.

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