September 20, 2008

Maybe We Could Use A Little More Poetry

This passage describing the Trinity in Book I of De Doctrina Christiana (Teaching Christianity) by Saint Augustine is described in the footnotes by the translator as being poetically pleasing but lacking theological rigor:

"The Father is neither the Son nor the Holy Spirit; the Son is neither the Father nor the Holy Spirit; the Holy Spirit is neither the Father nor the Son; but the Father is only the Father, the Son is only the Son, the Holy Spirit is only the Holy Spirit. The three possess the same eternity, the same unchangeableness, the same greatness, the same power. In the Father unity, in the son equality, in the Holy Spirit the harmony of unity and equality; and these three are all one because of the Father. are all equal because of the Son, are all linked togehter because of the Holy Spirit."

Theology is necessary, but I think we could all use a little more poetry in our lives.

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