Fulgentius of Ruspe: Truth is One

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I thought that as a way of demonstrating the value of the Ancient Christian Doctrine series, I would share some interesting quotations found throughout the book. I hope to do this one time a day, or more, for a while, until I feel like the series is exhausted. (It shouldn’t take too long, as I only have one volume, for now.)

The first quote comes from a student of Augustine, one Fulgentius of Ruspe:

True Religion consists of the worship of the one true God…. For truth is the one God. Just as there is no turth other than the one truth, so there is no true God other than the one true God. It is not possible to say that there are two true gods, because by its nature, truth is one and cannot be divided. (Letter 8.4.10, ACD v1, pg7)

To add to his thoughts here,

All who invoke a blessing or take an oath will do so by the God of truth. For I will put aside my anger and forget the evil of earlier days. (Isa 65:16 NLT)

In Hebrew, we would read ‘אָמֵן (amen)’. Further, we add,

“Write this letter to the angel of the church in Laodicea. This is the message from the one who is the Amen— the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God’s new creation: (Rev 3:14 NLT)

Amen here is a transliterated word from the Hebrew word found in Isaiah.

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5 Replies to “Fulgentius of Ruspe: Truth is One”

  1. It should be said that John Calvin, who treats the “orthodox doctrine of the Trinity” extensively in his “Institutes,” emphasized the historical development of the doctrine as a check on heretical opinions, etc. Nonetheless, Calvin stresses the “mystery” of this doctrine, stating boldy that even analogies – especially anthropomorphic ones – break down, and that it would be better to follow the track of the early Greek Fathers such as St. Gregory of Nazianzus in focusing primarily on the unity of God: “The words Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, certainly indicate a real distinction . . . Still, they indicate distinction only, not division.”
    Fr. R.

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