Sunday, May 30, 2010

Feast of Holy Trinity IV

In the administration of all things there is authority to establish, law to direct, and justice to execute. There is first the source of all perfection, or fons deitatis, secondly the supreme Reason, order, or LOGOS, and lastly the Spirit which quickens and inspires. We are sprung from the father, irradiated or enlightened by the son, and moved by the spirit. Certainly, that there is father, son, and spirit; that these bear analogy to the sun, light, and heat; and are otherwise expressed by the terms, principle, mind, and soul; by one or TO HEN, intellect, and life; by good, word, and love; and that generation was not attributed to the second hypostasis, the NOUS or LOGOS, in respect of time, but only in respect of origin and order, as an eternal necessary emanation; these are the express tenets of Platonists, Pythagoreans, Egyptians, and Chaldaeans.

George Berkeley, Siris, section 362.

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