Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Faith and Reason according to Gregory of Nazianzus

I am currently studying the use of Natural Theology in the early Church, specifically in the Cappadocians, and ran across this gem:

"When we leave off believing, and protect ourselves by mere strength of argument, and destroy the claim that the Spirit has upon our faith by questionings, and then our argument is not strong enough for the importance of the subject (and this must necessarily be the case, since it is put in motion by an organ of so little power as our mind), what is the result? The weakness of the argument appear to belong to the mystery, as Paul also though. For reason is fulfilled in faith."

- Gregory of Nazianzus (325-389)

Interesting words from the Greek father.