Love is the basic act and order of all things because all things are created by God. The most basic fact or truth of all things is at once their analogically conceived goodness or value as gift, a giftedness that is intrinsic to each thing by virtue of its being generated by the generosity of God. The goodness of things in the cosmos is not rooted most basically in human freedom or intelligence, and thus in human spirit, nor is it first granted by human freedom and intelligence. On the contrary, it is rooted in the creative freedom and intelligence of the creator, in which all things of the cosmos truly participate, and which they just so far ‘image,’ each in its own analogical, creaturely way. –David L. Schindler (Ordering Love: Liberal Societies and the Memory of God, 2011)
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