The Nature of Creation

From World of Charun

This work, written by a presumed Halfling scholar, known only in the text as Prof. G.H. Barrowhill is thought to of originated in the Halfling homelands of Hillyfield some time before the Cataclysm. It surfaced early in the Fourth Age on the Three Isles amongst the Halfling community lending weight to the theory that the author was indeed a Halfling, other evidence includes the maddeningly obscure referencing and index system found within the text and the fact that two of the seven chapters consist entirely of what seem to be pie recipes. This suggests that the book itself is incomplete and has likely been restored at some stage by an unskilled scholar, perhaps one with a love of pies.

Regardless however, those relevant chapters that actually pertain to the title of the text make a strong case for the use of logic, reason and empirical evidence in a field otherwise traditionally dominated by theologians and other less scientific scholars. Today the work is largely regarded with some bemusement and dismissed by many ‘serious’ theologians as the ‘Pie Theory’, though within some circles who still hold to the more scientific ways of the Third Age it is regarded as somewhat important.


Excepts taken from:
THE NATURE OF CREATION
By Prof. G.H. Barrowhill

"The Gods exist, and it is impossible for any amongst us to logically argue otherwise, this is due to the underlying nature of everything we know about the world. The only provable certainty is that everything that is created has a creator and everything that is created is eventually destroyed. This simple truth is shared by everything found on the material plane and it is a binding law of the universe; be they empires, Elves, Humans, Halflings or cooking utensils. Now, whilst it is a given that some creatures and their creations occasionally attain freakish longevity beyond what is expected it is still the case that all the evidence to hand, throughout recorded history, shows that everything is eventually doomed to destruction."

"The Evidence of the Material Plane" Chapter One, p22, (ii), Para 49xB'


"Now, the only logical and reasonable estimation we can make when pondering the existence of the Gods is to look at the world. As seen in the conclusion of Chapter One, p22, (ii) it is only our experiences of the material plane that give us evidence to base our reasoning’s upon, in this case the evidence points out that Charun itself must have had creators, the very existence of our world therefore is proof enough that the Gods, or world creators, do indeed exist."

"The Creators" Chapter Two, p89, (iv), Para 12ABi


“When we ponder the nature of the Gods,we sometimes wonder ‘do the creators indeed reflect the pantheon of Gods we worship?’ To this question we must again look to the evidence all around us, and that evidence is this; creators such as tailors, blacksmiths and artisans create items to a greater or lesser extent in their own image. The Halfling bakes his fine Halfling pie, the Elf fashions the Elven bow, the Dwarf forges the Dwarven Greataxe, each creating things in a manner most in keeping with their demeanour and taste. Further to this evidence presented to us by the material plane is the case of children, the child will be born, more or less, in keeping with look of his parents. And as the creators of this new life the parents will also fashion the child to behave and think in a manner which indeed reflects themselves, as is the case with all creators and their creations.”

“Nature of the Creators” Chapter Four, p197, (vii), Para BB21i


“...so with this in mind we look to the material plane to give us the only reliable evidence available to us, if the Gods created the world (as it must have a creator) then they too must have fashioned a world in their own image as is the case with all creators. Every aspect of the world around us was created by the Gods in their own image, be it Airi’s frost, Kiazzars darkness, Giardains light, Haerian’s laws, Saindam’s wilds or Brunir’s goodness to name but a few. So, the nature of the world guides us in revealing the nature of its creators which indeed does seem, whether by accident or divine providence, to match our pantheon of deities.”

“The Pantheon and Creators” Chapter Six, p251, (viii), Para XXXj


“So, the fact that the world exists and within it is found snow proves that a God, known to us as Airi, does indeed exist. Whether or not every detail we associate with such a creator is correctly attributed to the right creator is not a topic for rational debate but rather one best left to theologians and thus is beyond the scope of this thesis.”

“Like, all things this book must end, or, Conclusion” Chapter Seven, p260, (vvii), Para 674920-0001B


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