“…deep within us presides the judge, the inextinguishable light of reason, the just discrimination between true and false, between good and evil, and the inexorable goad of conscience. Through this law, which has been imparted to all, God directs all things to the common good…”
Marsilio Ficino ‘Gardens of Philosophy: Ficino on Plato’ Arthur Farndell (Translator)
“a creator without a creature is impossible; a provider without those provided for cannot be conceived; for all the divine names and attributes demand the existence of beings. If we could imagine a time when no beings existed, this imagination would be the denial of the Divinity of God. Moreover, absolute nonexistence cannot become existence. If the beings were absolutely nonexistent, existence would not have come into being”.
~ ‘Abdu’l-Bahá http://reference.bahai.org/en/t/ab/SAQ/saq-47.html
“…we cannot know God in his nature, since this is unknowable and is beyond the reach of mind or of reason. But we know him from the arrangement of everything, because everything is, in a sense, projected out from him, and this order possesses certain images and semblances of his divine paradigms”.
~ Dionysius the Areopagite
(From Pseudo-Dionysius: The Complete Works (Classics of Western Spirituality)
…just as the senses can neither grasp nor perceive the things of the mind, just as representation and shape cannot take in the simple and the shapeless, just as corporal form cannot lay hold of the intangible and incorporeal, by the same standard of truth beings are surpassed by the inﬁnity beyond being, intelligences by that oneness which is beyond intelligence. Indeed the inscrutable One is out of the reach of every rational process. Nor can any words come up to the inexpressible Good, this One, this Source of all unity, this supra-existent Being. Mind beyond mind, word beyond speech, it is gathered up by no discourse, by no intuition, by no name. It is and it is as no other being is. Cause of all existence, and therefore itself transcending existence, it alone could give an authoritative account of what it really is”.
Dionysius the Areopagite (From Pseudo-Dionysius: The Complete Works (Classics of Western Spirituality)