C. Is self-love a virtue or a vice, a good attribute or a bad? If a man loves himself and
himself only, do we consider him a good or a bad, selfish man? Can God be such?
153. M. He loved the angels.
C. But they had not yet been created. If love is a good attribute and is most so when
unselfish; if it has always (like all other good attributes) existed in the Divine nature, and must
have had an object, is it not clear that from all eternity there must have existed some kind of
plurality of existences
(Hypostases, ) in the Unity of God, one loving the other? The doctrine of
the Trinity shows how this was possible.
154. M. Can you explain how there can be three Hypostases in the Unity of the Godhead? Can
you even understand it? If not, how can you expect me to accept the doctrine? What is the good of
professing to believe what you cannot understand?
C. You believe that you have a spirit and an intellect. Can you explain what these really are
in their essence, or where they reside, or how they affect and rule the body, or how the senses
affect the mind? You believe in the resurrection of the dead; can you explain how it is possible?
Yet you rightly condemn a man who disbelieves in it. You see therefore that there is good in
believing what you cannot understand or explain. You know that ignorant people cannot explain how it