Monday, 10 April 2017
(i) The use of Latin is the tradition of the Roman Empire, continued by the Catholic Church.
(ii) "Verbum"/"Word" translates Greek "Logos." This was the Stoics' word for a divine principle pervading and animating the universe. Philo adopted it into Jewish philosophy. It enters Judaeo-Christian scripture as late as the Fourth Gospel in a passage that both recalls Genesis and identifies the central figure of the Synoptic Gospels with the Logos made flesh.
(iii) Sir Nigel's comrades revere the Mother of the Logos as an Aspect of their Goddess.
Thus, the traditions are:
A few words summarize a lot of history. I attended a lecture where the speaker began, "In the beginning was the deed." He quoted Goethe's Faust who deliberately misquoted and corrected St John who quoted Genesis and Stoicism. Pope John Paul II was named after his predecessor who was named after his two predecessors who were named after authors of the New Testament, one of whom was named after the first King of Israel.
Poul Anderson imagined a Wodenite, converted to belief in the incarnate Logos, seeking evidence of a Universal Incarnation.