Thursday, June 18, 2009

Quote of the Week: Clement of Alexandria

We empirical moderns seek meaning, closure and resolution, but God’s Word both reveals and conceals. Clement of Alexandria believed that the writers of scripture practiced a "prophetic and venerable system of concealment." He explained: "For many reasons the scriptures conceal their meaning; primarily, with the aim of making us diligent and unresting in our study of the words of salvation and, secondly, because it is not in the province of all men to examine their meaning, lest they should receive hurt through a mistaken interpretation.”
(Clement of Alexandria by R.B. Tollinton. 1914. Volume II, p. 302.)

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