Worship, not speculation - Page 3


One such was St Hilary of Poitiers in the fourth century who combined a powerful intellect with a profound reverence. In his Treatise On the Trinity he wrote, “Faithful souls would be contented with the word of God, which bids us ‘Go teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost’. But alas! we are driven by the faults of our heretical opponents to…scale heights inaccessible, to speak out what is unspeakable, to presume where we ought not. And whereas it is by faith alone that we should worship the Father, and reverence the Son, and be filled with the Spirit, we are now obliged to strain our weak human language in the utterance of things beyond its scope…”. (2)(our emphasis)

So wrote St Hilary, and his words are as true now as then. Human beings cannot comprehend the incomprehensible. Only God can understand himself.