"The divine cannot be named. . . . For no one has ever breathed the whole air, nor has any mind located, or language contained, the Being of God completely. But sketching God’s inward self from outward characteristics, we may assemble an inadequate, weak, and partial picture. And the one who makes the best theologian is not the one who knows the whole truth . . . [b]ut the one who creates the best picture, who assembles more of truth’s image or shadow."
(Commentary on the
Diatessaron 1.18–19; quoted
by S. Brock, The Luminous Eye,
"Let us give thanks to God,
who clothed Himself in the names of the body’s various parts: Scripture
refers to His “ears,” to teach us that He listens to us; it speaks of
His “eyes,” to show that He sees us. It was just the names of such things
that He put on, and, although in His true Being there is not wrath or regret, yet
He put on these names too because of our weakness.
Refrain; Blessed be He who
has appeared to our human race under so many metaphors.
We should realize that, had
He not put on the names of such things, it would not have been possible
for Him to speak with us humans. By means of what belongs to us did
He draw close to us: He clothed Himself in our language, so that He might clothe
us in His mode of life. He asked for our form and put this on, and
then, as a father with His children, He spoke with our childish state.
It is our metaphors that He
put on—though He did not literally do so; He then took them off—without
actually doing so: when wearing them, He was at the same time
stripped of them. He puts one on when it is beneficial, then strips it off in
exchange for another; the fact that He strips off and puts on all sorts of metaphors tells
us that the metaphor does not apply to His true Being: because that
Being is hidden, He has depicted it by means of what is visible . . .
A person who is teaching a
parrot to speak hides behind a mirror and teaches it in this way: when
the bird turns in the direction of the voice which is speaking it
finds in front of its eyes its own resemblance reflected; it imagines that
it is another parrot, conversing with itself. The man puts the bird’s
image in front of it, so that thereby it might learn how to speak. This
bird is a fellow creature with the man, but although this relationship
exists, the man beguiles and teaches the parrot something alien to
itself by means of itself; in this way he speaks with it.
The Divine Being that in all things is
exalted above all things. in His love bent down from on high and
acquired from us our own habits: He laboured by every means so as to
turn all to Himself."
as quoted in S. Brock, The
Luminous Eye, 60–62)
- Robin Parry
- Robin Parry is the husband of but one wife (Carol) and the father of the two most beautiful girls in the universe (Hannah and Jessica). He also has a lovely cat called Monty (who has only three legs). Living in the city of Worcester, UK, he works as an Editor for Wipf and Stock — a US-based theological publisher. Robin was a Sixth Form College teacher for 11 years and has worked in publishing since 2001 (2001–2010 for Paternoster and 2010– for W&S).
Wednesday, 22 April 2015
Thursday, 16 April 2015
A fantastic new audiobook version of the second edition of Thomas Talbott's The Inescapable Love of God (Eugene, OR: Cascade, 2014) will be available to buy very soon from all the usual outlets of spoken-word books (and distributed by christianaudio.com).
It is fabulously narrated by the actor George Sarris, a veteran of audiobooks.
The retail price will be $19.98.
I have heard the whole thing and can highly recommend it.
Watch this space!