Note to My Readers: from mid-June to mid-August (6/18 - 8/20), I will be taking a summer break from posting new articles for my Thursday and Friday slots. This will only affect my Thursday series on the global growth of Christianity, and my Friday series, the "Theological Bestiary" of birds, both of which will resume in late August. During the summer, I'll be dusting off some of my best essays from the first few years of this blog (a decade ago), as well as my verse play "Thus Ends the World," and re-posting them in the Thursday and Friday slots. All other weekdays will continue to feature new material throughout the summer.

Monday, April 04, 2016

Quote of the Week

"Confucius," by an unknown artist, c.1770
Here's a quote from the ancient Chinese sage Confucius, speaking about "Absolute Truth" in almost exactly the same terminology that theologians would later use to describe God himself (an example of Paul's argument that the attributes of God are knowable even without the benefit of special revelation--Romans 1:20).

"Absolute Truth is indestructible. Being indestructible, it is eternal. Being eternal, it is self-existent. Being self-existent, it is infinite. Being infinite, it is vast and deep. Being vast and deep, it is transcendent and intelligent. It is because it is vast and deep that it embraces all existence. It is because it is infinite and eternal that it fulfills and perfects all existence."

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