[Milton-L] New Missal and Mass Language

Michael Gillum mgillum at unca.edu
Tue Apr 12 16:06:01 EDT 2011


Is the following correct?

Referring to the change from "one in being with the Father" to
"consubstantial with the Father": the translators are restoring the
metaphysical distinction between substance and essence. It is surprising
that the translators of the current version would have obscured that
distinction. Granted that most modern lay people reciting the Nicene Creed
would not understand the distinction nor think it important, the distinction
would have been important to the authors of the creed, who were trying to
state doctrine in a  philosophically precise way.

Milton would approve the change because he thought Father and Son were
distinct individual beings (not coessential). Since Milton thought the
Father created everything out of himself, maybe he would not mind the claim
of consubstantiality.
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