Hugh Binning on negation and the divine perfections

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Another way we have of apprehending him, by way of negation, denying all the imperfections of the creatures, and removing them at an infinite distance from him; and truly, though this be an imperfection in knowledge, yet it is the greatest knowledge we can attain to, to know rather what he is not, than what he is.

He is not limited to any place, nor bounded with any measures and degrees of perfection, as creatures are; therefore we call him infinite: he is not comprehended within the limits of time, but comprehends all within himself; therefore he is eternal: he is not subject to changes and alterations; therefore called immutable: he is not compounded, as a result of divers parts; therefore he is most purely simple, and one: he is not like those things we see and hear, that fall under our senses; therefore we call him a Spirit, or a spiritual Being. ...

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