Thursday, March 27, 2008

Absolutely perfect

"I mean then by the Supreme Being one who is simply self-dependent and the only Being who is such; moreover, that He is without beginning or eternal, and the only eternal; that in consequence He has lived a whole eternity by Himself; and hence that He is all-sufficient, sufficient for His own blessedness, and all-blessed and ever-blessed. Further, I mean a Being who, having these prerogatives, has the Supreme Good, or rather is the Supreme Good, or has all the attributes of Good in infinite intenseness; all wisdom, all truth, all justice, all love, all holiness, all beautifulness; who is omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent; ineffably one, absolutely perfect; and such, that what we do not know and cannot even imagine of Him is far more wonderful than what we do and can."

John Henry Newman, On the Scope and Nature of University Education, pages 53-54.