Thursday, June 11, 2009

Theodoret of Cyrus: All Means All - An Arian Argument

Now, since those holding the view of Arius give a wrong meaning to the phrase, "All things were made through him," and stubbornly insist that the Spirit is included in the "all things," let them listen to the apostle saying, who gives life to all things, and tell us how they take all things here. Will the species of brute beasts attain resurrection, and in addition to brute beasts inanimate things - I mean seeds, rocks, wood, and things like them? Obviously they would not say so. So the divine apostle left us to take all things in a religious sense; and the Gospel verse is also to be taken in similar fashion.

- Theodoret of Cyrus (around A.D. 393 to around A.D. 457), Commentary on 1 Timothy, Chapter 6, in Theodoret of Cyrus, Commentary on the Letters of St. Paul, Volume 2, p. 229 (2001), Robert C. Hill translator.