The language of the reservation is open to more interpretations than one.
He is not always very critical, and he is passionately fond of allegorical interpretations, but these were the faults of his age.
The use for which the pot was intended and the purport of the inscription have been much disputed, there being at least as many interpretations as there are words in the inscription.
Interpretations by the Fathers or by the councils are to be taken only as aids to its understanding.
This is possible to some because the situation in its sharp antithesis is not present to their minds: by making certain compromises on the one side and on the other, and by framing private interpretations of important dogmas, they can retain their faith in both and yet preserve their mental integrity.