A Critical History Of Christian Literature And Doctrine; The Apologists Volume 3

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bySir James Donaldson

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1866 edition. Excerpt: ...and they translate evorrjn Kal bvvdfjIei iTvevftaros, ' in the unity and force of their divine existence/ But there are strong objections to this translation of bvvapis and irvevjj.a. There is no proof that bvi'apis anywhere means simply existence apart from the force or activity usually implied in the word. When force is taken as an index of the being or nature, then bvvafjus may be translated 'being;' but in neither of the passages in which bvvapis is used by Athenagoras can it have any such meaning. Besides, the idea of force is a less distinct idea than that of being, and would occur to the human mind before the more exact idea of essence or being: and therefore we should commit a great mistake if we were to take the more exact idea as equivalent o the more indefinite. Moreover, in the passage before us, we should have expected " unity in the power or being," and not " power in the unity." And in the other passage, where Father, Son, and Spirit are said to be united in respect of power, the reason assigned for this assertion, namely, that the Logos and the Spirit are God's reason and spirit, is not a satisfactory reason. We think, therefore, that in the passage before us, " power in unity " means, that owing to the connexion between God and his Son as his reason, and his i Apol. c. 10, pp. 10 B C D, n A. Ibid. c. 12, p. 12 C D. ' Apol. c. 24, p. 27 A. ' Ibid. c. 18, p. 17 D. e Ibid. c. 30, p. 34 D. Spirit as his effluence, the power of God is at the command of the Son and the Spirit. The same objections lie against the translation of-nvevfj.a, that it is more definite than the term itself. Athenagoras seems to mean in the expression quoted, that the Father and Son are one in that they possess one and the same spirit, and have the control over...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1866 edition. Excerpt: ...and they translate evorrjn Kal bvvdfjIei iTvevftaros, ' in the unity and force of their divine existence/ But there are...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:104 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.22 inPublished:July 8, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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