04 July 2008

The Funnier Side of John Owen

John Owen had a funny side too, ya know. The following is a portion from Vindiciae Evangelicae and is a satirical catechism in refutation of Socinianism.

Q1. What is God?
A. God is a spirit, that hath a bodily shape, eyes, ears, hands, feet, like to us.

Q2. Where is this God?
A. In a certain place in heaven, upon a throne, where man may see from his right hand to his left.

Q3. Doth he ever move out of that place?
A. I cannot tell what he doth ordinarily, but he hath formerly come down sometimes upon the earth.

Q4. What doth he do there in that place?
A. Among other things, he conjectures at what men will do here below.

Q5. Doth he, then, not know what we do?
A. He doth know what we have done, but not what we will do.

Q6. What frame is he upon his knowledge and conjecture?
A. Sometimes he is afraid, sometimes grieved, sometimes joyful, and sometimes troubled.

Q7. What peace and comfort can I have in committing myself to his providence, if he knows not what will befall me tomorrow?
A. What is that to me? See you to that.

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