Although radically different symbols are sometimes used to make the same point, it seems clear that such symbols seek to explicate essentially the same God: one who, though totally beyond our adequate conceptualisation, is fully active in our world and in a way that suggests the goodness of a providential design.
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Originally published in Mediaeval Sophia, Jan-Jun. 2013, by the Officina di Studi Medievali, Palermo. Republished here with thanks.