Bendictus Aretius:

To discourse modestly of God and matters relating to him, is no small part of Religion. For sin the Nature of God is incomprehensible, his Power infinite, and his Name inexpressible, no thought can comprehend his infinite Power, no Eye approach so glorious a Light, no Tongue can declare it: and for this reason the more sound Philosophers have been very sparing in their discourses upon this Subject. Plato is commended for his Modesty in this case, who, tho he is not afraid to style God, “The Creator of the World, a Lover of Mankind, and the provident Curator of all things, (forasmuch as he is a most Wise Being, and does not flight and despise the Work of his own Wisdom); yet notwithstanding all this confesses, “That the Eyes of Men are too weak, to see through Matters of Divinity.”

Benedictus Aretius,   A Short History of Valentinus Gentilis the Tritheist… Wrote in Latin, by Benedictus Aretius, a Divine of that Church; and now Translated into English for the use of Dr. Sherlock, (London, Printed, and Sold by E. Whitlock, near Stationers-Hall, 1696), The Epistle Dedicatory, 7.


Benedictus Aretius (1505-1574); studied at Strasbourg and Marburg; served as professor of logic at Marburg and, beginning in 1564, as Wolfgang Musculus’ successor as professor of theology in Bern. His major dogmatic works are Examen theologicum (1557) and SS. theolgiae problemata, seu loci communes (1573).  Richard Muller, Post-Reformation Reformed Dogmatics, 1:42 [First edition.]

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