Friday, July 8, 2016

A Voice from the Past - Charles Hodge

Men know unspeakably more than they understand. We know that plants grow; that the will controls our voluntary muscles; that Jesus Christ is God and man in two distinct natures, and one person forever; but there as everywhere we are surrounded by the incomprehensible. We can rationally believe that a thing is, without knowing how or why it is.

Charles Hodge, 1797-1878, Systematic Theology, Inroduction, Chapter III: Rationalism, 5, A, Difference between Knowing and Understanding (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1982, Vol 1, p. 50)

Do we know more than we understand? Is there a limit to this, and what is it?

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