Sunday, 29 May 2022

The Angelic Doctor Against the Errors of the Greeks - Chapter 28

How the impossibility of not blaspheming for one who has once blasphemed is to be understood.

Still another doubt arises from the statement of Athanasius in the letter to Serapion that it was impossible “for Arians who had not only once but often blasphemed not to blaspheme.” Footnote This appears to contradict the freedom of the will.

But here impossible must be taken as the equivalent of difficult, the difficulty stemming from habit as Jeremiah (13:23) says: Can the Ethiopian change his skin or the leopard his spots? Then also you can do good who are accustomed to do evil.

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