If the painful history of the human and Christian striving for God proves anything, it surely proves this: that any attempt to reduce God to the scope of our own comprehension leads to the absurd. We can only speak rightly about him if we renounce the attempt to comprehend and let him be the uncomprehended. Any doctrine of the Trinity, therefore, cannot aim at being a perfect comprehension of God. It is a frontier notice, a discouraging gesture pointing over to unchartable territory. It is not a definition that confines a thing to the pigeonholes of human knowledge, nor is it a concept that would put the thing within the grasp of the human mind.It must be mentioned that Ratzinger does discuss The Triune God for 30 pages. Some of this is necessary grounding in history, some is about the nature of God, and all of it is enlightening, albeit being the sort of enlightenment that must be chewed thoroughly before moving to the next bit.
Monday, September 24, 2012
Well Said: Comprehension of God
A bit more from Ratzinger's Introduction to Christianity. I have many other passages marked but realized that each needed more to lead into it and then some of the following conclusion. Indeed, this passage may strike you that way. I cannot recommend this book highly enough though ...