He was not a great original thinker; he lacked the creative faculty and the creative impulse.
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.
Polycarp had no creative genius.
We find here the consciousness of creative thought focused in a new principle which is to revolutionize speculative science.