All things were created through and for Him.
He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.
Colossians 1: 15-19
From his lifetime to the fifth century, the understanding of Jesus underwent a radical transformation. Early in the first century, Jesus was the son of a carpenter and the leader of a small band of religious zealots; by the fifth century, Jesus had become the organizing principle of the cosmos, the key to understanding reality, and the answer to the mystery of existence. The human longing for order had found its end in Jesus, the Logos incarnate, the reason and structure of the cosmos. The intellectual and spiritual implications of this sense of the Cosmic Christ are still felt today. Indeed, the eminent twentieth-century philosopher Alfred North Whitehead has suggested that the scientific worldview, now so deeply embedded into western consciousness, has its roots in the theology of fifth-century Christians.