Bishop Bull's works on the Trinity
by George Bull
ISBN 1130743349 (1-130-74334-9)
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Book summary: This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1852 Excerpt: ...Father; but the angels, how great soever they be, are utterly alien from the divine substance. We must, therefore, as I said before, certainly conclude, either that those passages in the writings of Lactantius have been corrupted by some heretic, or that Lactantius was himself infected with heresy. If the former be your conclusion, the passages cannot fairly be attributed to Lactantius; if the latter, his testimony is with good reason to be rejected. 23. At the same time we may discern some traces of sound and catholic doctrine respecting the eternity of the Son in Lactantius, in passages, where all the copies printed and MSS. agreeing, we have his own words; as for instance, in book iv. chap. 9. For there at the very beginning of the chapter, having at the end of the preceding chapter quoted the text of St. John's Gospel, i. 1, 2, according (as is probable) to the Latin version in general use at that time, he goes on to write thus9; "But the Greek term Logos is better than our term Word (whether Verbum, or Sermo.) For Logos signifies both Word and Reason, because He is both the Voice and the Wisdom of God." Here Lactantius evidently imitates the expressions and thoughts of Tertullian, to whose writings, as was clear, he was no stranger. Tertullian, as we have seenr, had before noted the double sense of Logos, which Lactantius here observes. Tertullian, on that passage of John where it is written, "In the beginning was the Logos, and the Logos was with God," had said that the Greek word Logos is better rendered in Latin Ratio (Reason), than Sermo (Word); and Lactantius says the very same. Tertullian acknowledges that the Logos, as He is the Reason of tot angelorum numero, et quidem tam alienis agreeing with the plural under alienorum a s...
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