chapter  5
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A TREMBLING GLANCE

In the first chapter of Romans, St. Paul recounts his indebtedness to the wisdom of the ancient Greeks. Although salvation is only available through the gospel of Christ, nonetheless the Greeks had access to the truth. This truth had been made manifest to them by God. “For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse . . .” (Rom. 1:20). Despite their natural knowledge of God, the Greeks lacked real wisdom, for they practiced idolatry and abandoned themselves to immorality and sexual license. Their knowledge was vain for salvation.