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God by nature is uncompounded, joined to nothing, composed of nothing, to whom nothing happens by accident; but only possessing in His own nature that which is divine, enclosing all things, Himself closed out of nothing, penetrating all things, Himself never penetrable, everywhere complete, everywhe... Read More

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Bishop of Milan from 374 to 397; born probably 340, at Trier, Arles, or Lyons; died 4 April, 397. He was one of the most illustrious Fathers and Doctors of the Church, and fitly chosen, together with St. Augustine, St. John Chrysostom, and St. Athanasius, to uphold the venerable Chair of the Prince ... Read More

CHAPTER I. The author distinguishes the faith from the errors of Pagans, Jews,

CHAPTER I. The author distinguishes the faith from the errors of Pagans, Jews, and Heretics, and after explaining the significance of the names "God" and "Lord," shows clearly the difference of Persons in Unity of Essence. In dividing the Essence, the Arians not only bring in the doctrine of three G... Read More

CHAPTER II. The Emperor is exhorted to display zeal in the Faith. Christ's

CHAPTER II. The Emperor is exhorted to display zeal in the Faith. Christ's perfect Godhead is shown from the unity of will and working which He has with the Father. The attributes of Divinity are shown to be proper to Christ, Whose various titles prove His essential unity, with distinction of Person... Read More

CHAPTER III. By evidence gathered from Scripture the unity of Father and Son

CHAPTER III. By evidence gathered from Scripture the unity of Father and Son is proved, and firstly, a passage, taken from the Book of Isaiah, is compared with others and expounded in such sort as to show that in the Son there is no diversity from the Father's nature, save only as regards the flesh;... Read More

CHAPTER IV. The Unity of God is necessarily implied in the order of Nature,

CHAPTER IV. The Unity of God is necessarily implied in the order of Nature, in the Faith, and in Baptism. The gifts of the Magi declare the Unity of the Godhead; Christ's Godhead and Manhood. The truth of the doctrine o the Trinity in Unity is shown in the Angel walking in the midst of the furnace w... Read More

CHAPTER IX. St. Ambrose questions the heretics and exhibits their answer,

CHAPTER IX. St. Ambrose questions the heretics and exhibits their answer, which is, that the Son existed, indeed, before all time, yet was not co-eternal with the Father, whereat the Saint shows that they represent the Godhead as changeable, and further, that each Person must be believed to be etern... Read More

CHAPTER V. The various blasphemies uttered by the Arians against Christ are

CHAPTER V. The various blasphemies uttered by the Arians against Christ are cited. Before these are replied to, the orthodox are admonished to beware of the captious arguments of philosophers, forasmuch as in these especially did the heretics put their trust. 34. Now let us consider the disputings o... Read More

CHAPTER VI. By way of leading up to his proof that Christ is not different

CHAPTER VI. By way of leading up to his proof that Christ is not different from the Father, St. Ambrose cites the more famous leaders of the Arian party, and explains how little their witness agrees, and shows what de-fence the Scriptures provide against them. 43. The Arians, then, say that Christ i... Read More

CHAPTER VII. The likeness of Christ to the Father is asserted on the authority

CHAPTER VII. The likeness of Christ to the Father is asserted on the authority of St. Paul, the prophets, and the Gospel, and especially in reliance upon the creation of man in God's image. 48. THE Apostle saith that Christ is the image of the Father--for he calls Him the image of the invisible God,... Read More

CHAPTER VIII. The likeness of the Son to the Father being proved, it is not

CHAPTER VIII. The likeness of the Son to the Father being proved, it is not hard to prove the Son's eternity, though, indeed, this may be established on the authority of the Prophet Isaiah and St. John the Evangelist, by which authority the heretical leaders are shown to be refuted. 54. IT is plain,... Read More

CHAPTER X. Christ's eternity being proved from the Apostle's teaching, St.

CHAPTER X. Christ's eternity being proved from the Apostle's teaching, St. Ambrose admonishes us that the Divine Generation is not to be thought of alter the fashion of human procreation, nor to be too curiously pried into. With the difficulties thence arising he refuses to deal, saying that whats e... Read More

CHAPTER XI. It cannot be proved from Scripture that the Father existed before

CHAPTER XI. It cannot be proved from Scripture that the Father existed before the Son, nor yet can arguments taken from human reproduction avail to this end, since they bring in absurdities without end. To dare to affirm that Christ began to exist in the course of time is the height of blasphemy. 68... Read More

CHAPTER XII. Further objections to the Godhead of the Son are met by the

CHAPTER XII. Further objections to the Godhead of the Son are met by the same answer--to wit, that they may equally be urged against the Father also. The Father, then, being in no way confined by time, place, or anything else created, no such limitation is to be imposed upon the Son, Whose marvellou... Read More

CHAPTER XIII. Discussion of the Divine Generation is continued. St.

CHAPTER XIII. Discussion of the Divine Generation is continued. St. Ambrose illustrates its method by the same example as that employed by the author of the Epistle to the Hebrews. The duty of believing what is revealed is shown by the example of Nebuchadnezzar and St. Peter. By the vision granted t... Read More

CHAPTER XIV. That the Son of God is not a created being is proved by the

CHAPTER XIV. That the Son of God is not a created being is proved by the following arguments: That He commanded not that the Gospel should be preached to Himself; that a created being is given over unto vanity; that the Son has created all things; that we read of Him as begotten; and that the differ... Read More

CHAPTER XIX. Arius is charged with the first of the above-mentioned errors,

CHAPTER XIX. Arius is charged with the first of the above-mentioned errors, and refuted by the testimony of St. John. The miserable death of the Heresiarch is described, and the rest of his blasphemous errors are one by one examined and disproved. 123. Arius, then, says: "There was a time when the S... Read More

CHAPTER XV. An explanation of Acts ii. 36 and Proverbs viii. 22, which are

CHAPTER XV. An explanation of Acts ii. 36 and Proverbs viii. 22, which are shown to refer properly to Christ's manhood alone. 95. To no purpose, then, is the heretics' customary citation of the Scripture, that "God made Him both Lord and Christ." Let these ignorant persons read the whole passage, an... Read More

CHAPTER XVI. The Arians blaspheme Christ, if by the words "created" and

CHAPTER XVI. The Arians blaspheme Christ, if by the words "created" and "begotten" they mean and understand one and the same thing. If, however, they regard the words as distinct in meaning, they must not speak of Him, of Whom they have read that He was begotten, as if He were a created being. This ... Read More

CHAPTER XVII. That Christ is very God is proved from the fact that He is

CHAPTER XVII. That Christ is very God is proved from the fact that He is God's own Son, also from His having been begotten and having come forth from God, and further, from the unity of will and operation subsisting in Father and Son. The witness of the apostles and of the centurion--which St. Ambro... Read More

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