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If the ratios are treated like fractions we can multiply across, going from a x b--Y to x a= b· Y and so to a= x·- b y This suggests a similar move from our original statement 'strength' in God .. strength (in man) nature of God human nature to 'strength' _ in God - strength nature of God (in man) X human nature That is to say, the term 'strong' when applied to God must be qualified by the (infinite) difference between God and man. To discover the real meaning of God's almighty power we must take ordinary human strength and 'multiply' it by this difference.
Meaning What We Say AT LEAST some of the things people say about God will have to be 'taken' in a special sense. That seems clear just from listening. Moreover there are many statements in the literature to this effect. Spiritual things, it is said, must be understood spiritually. A fiat, literal acceptance of the sayings of saints would take all the life and goodness out of them. 2 This means, if we take it seriously, that statements about God must acquire a second meaning in addition to their ordinary or superficial one.
Alice found this very difficult: ' ... There's glory for you! ' 'I don't know what you mean by "glory",' Alice said. Humpty Dumpty smiled contemptuously. 'Of course you don't - till 1 tell you. " , 'But "glory" doesn't mean "a nice knock-down argument",' Alice objected. 32 THE THEOR Y IN OUTLINE 'When I use a word,' Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, 'it means just what I choose it to mean - neither more nor less'. 'The question is', said Alice, 'whether you can make words mean different things'.
Analogy: A Study of Qualification and Argument in Theology by Humphrey Palmer (auth.)