Category Archives: Arianism

“Does Your Language Shape How You Think?”

So asks Guy Deutscher in a Times Magazine article last year: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/29/magazine/29language-t.html The short answer: Yes! A couple of instances from my own experience of language: 1. Articles: Most languages have them; Latin does not, and this means that in … Continue reading

Posted in Arianism, Greek, Hebrew, Language, Latin, Translation, Uncategorized | Tagged | Leave a comment

Linguistic confusion

Another way of stating the same basic point: the Arians, in arguing that “unbegotten” was a predicate of God the Father according to substance, were confused about a basic point of grammar: to predicate “not-X” of Y is not in … Continue reading

Posted in Arianism, Augustine, Holy Trinity, Language, Predication, Uncategorized | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Apophatic theology in De Trin.

At the end of that section (V.6.7), Augustine makes an important point: the Arians speak of “unbegotten” as though it were a positive attribute, but that isn’t the case: to call the Father “unbegotten” is simply to deny a relation … Continue reading

Posted in Apophaticism, Arianism, Augustine, Uncategorized | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Arian chicanery

That’s Augustine’s term for the following argument: Granted that there’s no absolute opposition between the Father/Son pairing, that still doesn’t resolve the tension between the Father’s un-begottenness and the Son’s begottenness; one could be un-begotten and not be a Father, … Continue reading

Posted in Arianism, Augustine, Holy Trinity, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment