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Ante-Nicene Fathers, Vol VIII:
Pseudo-Clementine Literature.: Chapter LI

Early Church Fathers  Index     

Chapter LI.—The Sixth Sense.

“But believe me, that you could never know what light is unless you had received both vision and understanding from light itself; so also in other things.  Hence, having received understanding, you are framing in imagination something greater and more sublime, as if dreaming, but deriving all your hints from those five senses, to whose Giver you are unthankful.  But be sure of this, that until you find some new sense which is beyond those five which we all enjoy, you cannot assert the existence of a new God.”  Then Simon answered:  “Since all things that exist are in accordance with those five senses, that power which is more excellent than all cannot add anything new.”  Then Peter said:  “It is false; for there is also a sixth sense, namely that of foreknowledge:  for those five senses are capable of knowledge, but the sixth is that of foreknowledge:  and this the prophets possessed.  How, then, can you know a God who is unknown to all, who do not know the prophetic sense, which is that of prescience?”  Then Simon began to say:  “This power of which I speak, incomprehensible and more excellent than all, ay, even than that God who made the world, neither any of the angels has known, nor of the demons, nor of the Jews, nay, nor any creature which subsists by means of God the creator.  How, then, could that creator’s law teach me that which the creator himself did not know, since neither did the law itself know it, that it might teach it?”

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