The Self-Absurdity of the Areopagites

This is pretty interesting. Athanasius thinks that the Greek argument that having divinity conjoined with humanity is a fundamental absurdity (the argument made against Paul by the philosophers of the Areopagus in Acts 17) is itself an absurdity on the terms of Greek philosophy. For don’t the Greeks themselves believe that the universe itself is a great body and that the Logos has united himself with it in whole and in parts? Why then, should it be absurd to imagine that God has united himself to man in Christ? Isn’t man a part of the whole of the universe? “And if it be unseemly for a part to have been adopted as his instrument to teach men of his Godhead, it must be most absurd that he should be made known even by the whole universe.”:”(“On the Incarnation of the Word,” in The Library of Christian Classics Vol. III, Christology of the Later Fathers, ed. Edward Rochie Hardy and Cyril C. Richardson [Philadelphia: The Westminster Press, 1954], pp. 95-96.)”:

Smart guy, that Athanasius.

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