Saturday, August 8, 2009

Chew on this for a while...

"The paradoxes in which the church fathers so often reveled in the life of God, revealed to us perfectly in Christ, are all glorious impossibilities: God became man, omnipresence became circumscribed, the sinless became sin, omniscience became ignorant, omnipotence became impotent, and the immortal died. Tertullian said, Credibile est, quia ineptum est: 'It is believable because it is, from the human point of view, absurd.' But rationalist theologians, liberal or conservative, don't like paradoxes. Instead of looking for them as signs marking places where inquiry stops and doxology begins, they resist them on instinct and principle, and take out their hammers."

- From Touchstone "Paradox Lost" by S.M. Hutchens (July/August 2009 p.14-16).

I love that. It reminds me of what Melanchton said somewhere:

"The mysteries of God are not to be investigated but adored."

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