this world." 25. For the light of this sun does not enlighten all of man, but the body of man and his mortal eyes, in which we are surpassed by the eyes of eagles which are said to gaze upon this sun much better than we. 26. But that other light feeds, not the eyes of irrational birds, but the pure hearts of those who believe God and turn themselves from the love of visible and temporal things to the fulfillment of his commands. If they wish to, all men can do this, because that light enlightens every man coming into this world. 27. Hence, darkness was over the abyss before there was this light, about which more is said in what follows.
In Defense of Verse Three: Darkness Is Shown to Be Nothing
7. "And God said, 'Let there be light.' " 28. He said this because where there is no light, there is darkness, not because darkness is something; rather the very absence of light is called darkness. 29. So too, silence is not some reality, but silence is said to be where there is no sound. And nakedness is not something, but nakedness is said to be where there is no____________________