Saturday, January 26, 2008

Does truth adjust, or do we?

"Heresy is often defined as an insistence upon one half of the truth; it can also be an attempt to simplify the truth, by reducing it to the limits of our ordinary understanding, instead of enlarging our reason to the apprehension of truth."

T. S. Eliot, The Idea of a Christian Society, page 74.

“Our understanding of the [biblical] words is to be taken from the reasons why they were spoken, because the subject is not subordinated to the language but the language to the subject.”

Hilary of Poitiers (ca.315-367), De Trinitate, IV.14.

We must not shrink God down into the smallness of our thought categories; we must stretch our thought categories out to match the grandeur of God, according to Scripture.