December 6, 2013

St. Maximus the Confessor on God and Creation

"And simply, to speak concisely, the logoi of everything that is divided and particular are contained, as they say, by the logoi of what is universal and generic, and the most universal and generic logoi are held together by wisdom, and the logoi of the particulars, held fast in various ways by the generic logoi are contained by sagacity, in accordance with which they are first simplified, and releasing the symbolic variety in the actions of their subjects, they are unified by wisdom, receiving congruence making for identity from the more generic. For the wisdom and sagacity of God the Father is the Lord Jesus Christ, who holds together the universals of being by the power of wisdom, and embraces their complementary parts by the sagacity of understanding, since by nature he is the fashioner and provider of all, and through himself draw into one what is divided, and abolishes war between beings, and binds everything into peaceful friendship and undivided harmony, both what is in heaven and what is on earth (Col 1:20), as the divine Apostle says."  (Excerpt from the article - God and Creation: Are Humans the Only Ones Made in the Image and Likeness of God? March 8, 2010 by Henry Karlson). Image source: ΜΟΝΑΣΤΗΡΙΑΚΑ - Facebook - Άγιον Όρος...Mount Athos...