nature-sky-night-star-milky-way-cosmos-atmosphere-constellation-space-galaxy-long-exposure-trees-starry-science-astronomy-stars-un“And even the very continuity of the creation, and its preservation and government, teach us that there does exist a Deity, who supports and maintains and preserves and ever provides for this universe. For how could opposite natures, such as fire and water, air and earth, have combined with each other so as to form one complete world, and continue to abide in indissoluble union, were there not some omnipotent power which bound them together and always is preserving them from dissolution?”

– John of Damascus (c. 675-749)