Tuesday, February 24, 2009

The tree of life

"Some have imagined paradise to have been material, while others have imagined it to have been spiritual. However, it seems to me that just as man was created both sensitive and intellectual, so did this most sacred domain of him have the twofold aspect of being perceptible both to the senses and to the mind. For while in his body he dwelled in this most sacred superbly beautiful place, as we have related, spiritually he resided in a better and more beautiful place. There he had the indwelling God as a dwelling place."

St. John of Damascus, On the Orthodox Faith, 2.11

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