He was not a great original thinker; he lacked the creative faculty and the creative impulse.
Polycarp had no creative genius.
If he was half as creative at torturing people and planning his battles as he was in bed, he was more than capable of doing it.
" In miracle no new powers, instituted or stimulated by God's creative action, are at work, but merely the general order of nature "; but " the manifold physical and spiritual powers in actual existence so blend together as to produce a startling result " (Dorner's System of Christian Doctrine, ii.
Rothe regards the natural man as the consummation of the development of physical nature, and obtains spirit as the personal attainment, with divine help, of those beings in whom the further creative process of moral development is carried on.