Tuesday, December 13, 2011

A Good Insight from the Church Fathers.

A good insight from the Fathers: Basil of Ceasarea says that we cannot know what God is, but we can know how God is: i.e., Trinity, redeemer, creator, etc. Johann Gerhard says much the same thing. This works well with Luther's insistence that when we deal with God we deal only with him under his masks (larva Dei). Dealing with him under his masks, we can very easily talk about how he is by his actions. Nevertheless, we cannot pull away his masks in this life and see what is he. That will only happen in heaven.

1 comment:

  1. Is there any correspondence between "how" and "what" God is? I'm thinking about goodness, or holiness - are these only describing how God is but never what he is?