Saturday, January 16, 2016

"Dei, quia a Deo, nostra, quia in nobis, Christi, quia per Christum"

"Una est iustitia Dei et nostra per Christum Iesum, qua iustificaur:  Dei, quia a Deo, nostra, quia in nobis, Christi, quia per Christum."

One is [1] the justice of God and [2] ours through Jesus Christ, by which we are justified:  'of God' [(or 'God's')] because from God; 'ours,' because in us; 'of Christ' [(or 'Christ's')] because through Christ.

     Last chapter of the fourth draft of the Tridentine decree on justification dated 11 December 1546 (CT V, -700-), as reproduced in P. Pas, "La doctrine de la double justice au Concile de Trent," Ephemerides theologicae Lovanienses30 no 2/3 (April/September 1954):  48 (5-53).  "This will become in the definitive text [of 13 January 1547]:  'iustitia nostra . . . a Deo nobis infunditur per Christi meritum'" ("what is called our justice, because we are justified by its abiding in us, is that same justice of God, in that it is imparted to us by God through the merit of Christ" (Tanner, vol. 2, p. 678)).  Fill this out with the analysis on pp. 37 ff.

Friday, January 15, 2016

"Whoever loves someone whom he believes good loves goodness, whether that person is what he is esteemed to be or something quite different."

Emeth, by Pauline Baynes.
C. S. Lewis,The last battle, chaps. 14-15.
". . . qui eum diligit, quem credit bonum, siue ille se ita siue aliter, quam creditur, habeat."

     St. Augustine, Letter 20 to Antonius (390/391), FC 12, trans. Sister Wilfrid Parsons, 46.  CSEL 34.1, 47-49, ll. 24-25.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

A figural interpretation of Genesis 1

"Mother was by no means lacking in acumen.  I have a copy of her Bible in which, on January 1, 1886, she had entered a comment on the opening lines of Genesis.  She wrote:  'This is a symbol of the new creation in Jesus Christ.  Man without salvation is without form and void until the light of the world breaks in.'  How far this goes beyond all the conflicts over Genesis based on geology and evolution!"

     Roland H. Bainton, Roly:  chronicle of a stubborn non-conformist (New Haven, CT:  Yale University Divinity School, 1988), 5.  Bainton's mother (who died in 1910, when he was 13) was Charlotte Blackham Bainton.