Thursday, February 3, 2011

Aquinas on allegorical sense


“When I say ‘Let there be Light’ and speak of corporeal light, it pertains to the literal sense. If ‘Let there be Light’ is understood as ‘let Christ be born in the Church’ it pertains to the allegorical sense. . If it is understood as ‘let us be illumined in our intellects and inflamed in our affections’ it pertains to the moral sense.” If it is understood as ‘let us be introduced to glory through Christ’ it pertains to the anagogical sense (Super epistolam ad Galatos c.4, lect. 7, in Super epistolas s. Pauli lectura, ed. R. Cai Turin, Marietti, 1953, vol.1. p.621)

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