✟ God the Creator ✟
The Divine Work of Creation
Revealed Truth (Defined Dogma)

The first man was created by God.

Lay Catechist Notes/Associated Doctrines
    The Testimony of the Magisterium from the 1909 Pontifical Biblical Commission establishes that Genesis contains “stories of events which really happened, which correspond with historical reality and objective truth,” not “legends, historical in part and fictitious in part.” This truth has been affirmed by numerous Popes including Saint Pius X and Pius XII (see Humani Generis below).

    It takes God to create, out of nothing, an immortal soul which He then infuses in to the just fertilized egg to create human life - this is also known as human conception. Therefore, there were no "true" human beings existing on earth until God Himself decided to create a human soul and infuse this in to Adam, the first human being.


    Associated Catholic Doctrine(s):
    1. "The whole human race stems from one single human pair." (sententia certa)
Divine Revelation (Scriptural Proof)
  • 26And he said: Let us make man to our image and likeness: and let him have dominion over the fishes of the sea, and the fowls of the air, and the beasts, and the whole earth, and every creeping creature that moveth upon the earth. 27And God created man to his own image: to the image of God he created him: male and female he created them. (Genesis 1:26-27)
  • 7And the Lord God formed man of the slime of the earth: and breathed into his face the breath of life, and man became a living soul. (Genesis 2:7)
Catechism of the Catholic Church
  • 355 "God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him, male and female he created them." Man occupies a unique place in creation: (I) he is "in the image of God"; (II) in his own nature he unites the spiritual and material worlds; (III) he is created "male and female"; (IV) God established him in his friendship.
  • 374 The first man was not only created good, but was also established in friendship with his Creator and in harmony with himself and with the creation around him, in a state that would be surpassed only by the glory of the new creation in Christ.
Ecumenical Council Documents
  • 4th General Council of the Lateran (1215)
    • 1 - Confession of Faith
      • "We firmly believe and simply confess that there is only one true God, eternal and immeasurable, almighty, unchangeable, incomprehensible and ineffable, Father, Son and holy Spirit, three persons but one absolutely simple essence, substance or nature {1}. The Father is from none, the Son from the Father alone, and the holy Spirit from both equally, eternally without beginning or end; the Father generating, the Son being born, and the holy Spirit proceeding; consubstantial and coequal, co-omnipotent and coeternal; one principle of all things, creator of all things invisible and visible, spiritual and corporeal; who by his almighty power  at the beginning of time created from nothing both spiritual and corporeal creatures , that is to say angelic and earthly, and  then created human beings composed as it were of both spirit and body in common . The devil and other demons were created by God naturally good, but they became evil by their own doing. Man, however, sinned at the prompting of the devil."
Papal Encyclical Documents
  • Humani Generis (1950) - The Human Race - Pius XII
    • "37. When, however, there is question of another conjectural opinion, namely polygenism, the children of the Church by no means enjoy such liberty. For the faithful cannot embrace that opinion which maintains that either after Adam there existed on this earth true men who did not take their origin through natural generation from him as from the first parent of all, or that Adam represents a certain number of first parents . Now it is in no way apparent how such an opinion can be reconciled with that which the sources of revealed truth and the documents of the  Teaching Authority of the Church propose with regard to original sin, which proceeds from a sin actually committed by an individual Adam and which, through generation, is passed on to all and is in everyone as his own ."
Fathers and Doctors of the Church Documents
  • Summa Theologica - On Man (1265) - The Highest Study of God - Thomas Aquinas
    • "Whether the Human Body Was Immediately Produced by God?"
      • I answer that, The first formation of the human body could not be by the instrumentality of any created power, but was immediately from God. Some, indeed, supposed that the forms which are in corporeal matter are derived from some immaterial forms; but the Philosopher refutes this opinion (Metaph. vii), for the reason that forms cannot be made in themselves, but only in the composite, as we have explained; and because the agent must be like its effect, it is not fitting that a pure form, not existing in matter, should produce a form which is in matter, and which form is only made by the fact that the composite is made. So a form which is in matter can only be the cause of another form that is in matter, according as composite is made by composite.  Now God, though He is absolutely immaterial, can alone by His own power produce matter by creation : wherefore He alone can produce a form in matter, without the aid of any preceding material form. For this reason the angels cannot transform a body except by making use of something in the nature of a seed, as Augustine says (De Trin. iii, 19).  Therefore as no pre-existing body has been formed whereby another body of the same species could be generated, the first human body was of necessity made immediately by God .