Believe In Order to Understand (III)

Taking up the Arian question “How was God begotten?”, Gregory of Nazianzus replies simply, “The begetting of God must be honored by silence.” For “the manner of his generation we will not admit that even angels can conceive, much less you…It was in a manner known to the father who begot, and to the Son who was begotten. Anything more than this is hidden by a cloud, and escapes your dim sight.”:”(“The Third Theological Oration: On the Son,” in Christology of the Later Fathers, ed. Edward R. Hardy [Philadelphia: The Westminster Press, 1954], pg. 165.)”:

But what if reason continues to push for an answer it finds acceptable? Gregory is ready here, too:

For when we leave off believing, and protect ourselves by mere strength of argument, and destroy the claim which the Spirit has upon our faith by questionings, and then our argument is not strong enough for the importance of the subject (and this must necessarily be the case, since it is put in motion by an organ of so little power as is our mind), what is the result? The weakness of the argument appears to belong to the mystery, and thus elegance of language makes void the cross, as Paul also thought. For faith is that which completes our argument.:”(Ibid., pp. 175-176.)”:

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