The God of Paradox

God is a unity … of three.  True God … and true man.  We say these statements so often, it’s hard sometimes to realize just how outrageous, how logically self-contradictory, they seem to be on their surface.

The wisdom of the wise is foolishness.  The greatest one is the one who serves.  Blessed are those who mourn.  We hold a certain belief in things unseen.  Paradox — or, if you wish, apparent paradox — is everywhere in our faith.

How does paradox, then, work its way out in our spiritual lives?  How do our lives reflect God’s paradoxical (or, again, apparently-paradoxical) nature?  How do we daily live out the paradox of God?


Eric Pavlat is a convert from Unitarian Universalism who entered the Church in 1996. He lives in Maryland with his wife and six children. He is also a perpetually professed Lay Dominican in St. Pius V Pro-Chapter, located in Catonsville, MD. He founded Democrats for Life of Maryland, Inc., in 2004, served one term as president, and stayed on the board of directors until 2010. He now considers himself more a Distributist than anything else. Eric teaches 10th grade honors and special education students in English literature, composition, and grammar at his alma mater, Parkdale High School.

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