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60. Seeing, then, that the origin, the cause, the reason of so many and so important things, escapes you yourselves also, and that you can neither say nor explain what has been made, nor why and wherefore it should not have been otherwise, do you assail and attack our timidity, who confess that we do not know that which cannot be known, and who do not care to seek out and inquire into those things which it is quite clear cannot be understood, although human conjecture should extend and spread itself through a thousand hearts? And therefore Christ the divine,—although you are unwilling to allow it,—Christ the divine, I repeat, for this must be said often, that the ears of unbelievers may burst and be rent asunder, speaking in the form of man by command of the Supreme God, because He knew that men are naturally38173817    Lit., “that the nature of man is.” blind, and cannot grasp the truth at all, or regard as sure and certain what they might have persuaded themselves as to things set before their eyes, and do not hesitate, for the sake of their38183818    So the ms., according to Crusius, reading nec pro suis; while, according to Hild., the reading is prorsus—“and are utterly without hesitation,” adopted in the edd. with the substitution of et for nec—“and that they altogether hesitate,” which, besides departing from the ms. runs counter to the sense. conjectures, to raise and bring up questions that cause much strife,—bade us abandon and disregard all these things of which you speak, and not waste our thoughts upon things which have been removed far from our knowledge, but, as much as possible, seek the Lord of the universe with the whole mind and spirit; be raised above these subjects, and give over to Him our hearts, as yet hesitating whither to turn;38193819    Lit., “transfer to Him the undecided conversions of the breast.” be ever mindful of Him; and although no imagination can set Him forth as He is,38203820    Lit., “He can be formed by no imagination.” yet form some faint conception of Him. For Christ said that, of all who are comprehended in the vague notion of what is sacred and divine,38213821    Lit., “which the obscurity of sacred divinity contains;” which Orelli interprets, “the most exalted being holds concealed from mortals.” He alone is beyond the reach of doubt, alone true, and one about whom only a raving and reckless madman can be in doubt; to know whom is enough, although you have learned nothing besides; and if by knowledge you have indeed been related to38223822    Lit., “and being fixed on.” God, the head of the world, you have gained the true and most important knowledge.


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