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Faith As Supernatural Understanding Of Existence

I cannot explain the methodology of Hebrew thinking in a few brief words here.1 What is clear is that it is not the same as that of the Greek organon. But it is a coherent and organized way of thinking even though it differs from that of Aristotle. This Hebrew theology always contemplated history. The Hebrews thought something like this What is happening to us today is akin to what God did with Moses and our people in the desert of Sinai. In other words, the Hebrews found the meaning and import of the present moment in the past history of their people. When the people of the nation are being sent off into exile, prophets like Isaiah and Jeremiah tell them that their imprisonment and exile are due to their sinful actions. The meaning ofwhat is happening to them is to be found in history, always in history.

The Language of Politics

If we turn to the language of politics as a reason for beginning the history of political thought with the ancient Greeks, we see that it is not only that certain contemporary words for specific types of constitution like democracy and monarchy derive from the Greek indeed, our current political vocabulary (even the word politics itself) derives from the Greek. It is also that the Greeks came to speak about 'the political' in a systematic way within a detailed and unified world view and this is what makes them the beginning of a tradition of political discourse where 'the political' is somehow privileged and in which we share. By believing it possible to give a human account of the social world and then asking what role, if any, the gods, or good and bad luck might play in this account, the ancient Greeks fashioned a range of explanations which are still recognizable ways of speaking, for instance, about the motivation behind men's actions within social structures, and whether or not...

The First Authorship Kierkegaards Authorship until 1846

Eternity is a never-ending succession of nows, each one of which offers the possibility of enjoyment, before passing away to be replaced by the next pleasurable moment. Time is fragmented, for the past and the future are dissolved into the present moment, the consequence of which is that the aesthetic self is also fragmented among the myriad and disparate pleasures offered by the moment.

Arguments Against the Social Analogy

Just named, for whom talk of three Persons is modelled on that of a society of three human individuals. That Gregory did not use the term 'hypostasis' in the sense of distinct consciousnesses or self-consciousnesses may well be the case. Many other images, often 'impersonal' like the colours of the rainbow, were used by Gregory, all of them subject to control by a fundamental 'apophaticism', that is, an insistence on the unknown mystery of God. Now we have already come across a comparable assimilation of the eastern (Cappadocian) tradition to the western (Augustinian) tradition in Richard Cross's article, discussed in the last section. But Cross, as we saw, allows for the development of this common theistic metaphysic in the direction of social trinitarianism, if there are good reasons for such a development. And the most notable aspect of Coakley's critique is her failure to consider the reasons why, irrespective of reference to Gregory and the other Cappadocians, the analytic...

Speculative Dogmatics

Kierkegaard's theological training culminated in an introduction to speculative dogmatics in the university lectures of his former tutor Hans Lassen Martensen and readings on the subject. Nineteenth-century German and Danish speculative dogmatics developed out of the idealist philosophy of Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770-1831), who sought to comprehend everything, including God or Absolute Spirit, as an encompassing whole through speculation (from the Latin speculum, meaning 'mirror') or the 'double mirroring' of thought and being, ideality and reality, human consciousness and ultimate reality in each other.46 Hegel's philosophical system evolves through a necessary dialectical movement in three phases thesis (the positing of a rational concept), antithesis (the negation of the posited concept by its opposite), and synthesis (the mediation or reconciliation of these polarities in a higher rational unity that simultaneously annuls and

Area Onequestions Concerning The Relevance Of The Ot Teachings About Interest Taking

* Second, these scriptures still serve as instruction in righteousness for the Christian enabling the Christian to mature. * Third, a clear conscience is an inner freedom of spirit toward God that comes from knowing that God's holiness is not offended. A correct attitude toward interest may clear up a hidden barrier blocking that inner peace with God.

Franco Ferrucci The Life of God as Told by Himself 1996

Through his parade of guises God gradually comes to greater self-understanding. He knows from the beginning that he is not omniscient or omnipotent, and he freely admits that the evil in the world is due to his own lack of skill and foresight. What is noteworthy, however, in appreciating Ferrucci's characterization of God as a way of symbolizing late modern Western culture, is his account of God's own purpose for willing humanity into being. Yes, we exist to relieve God's loneliness, and yes, we exist to remedy some of the mistakes he had made in constructing the world - but primarily we exist to explain God to himself. We are independent consciousnesses who can tell this primordial Orphan who he is. At about the time he was in a crowd of people listening to the Gnostics and Manicheans, God complained I was waiting for them to become clever enough to explain to me who I was and why I was carrying on in such an unseemly manner. I did not receive the help I needed, and so I floundered,...

Faith as a Second Immediacy

Faith in contrast to Hegelian philosophy, namely that inwardness is higher than outwardness. For Hegel, the inner and the outer stand in a reciprocally opposed relation of identity the inner constituting the abstract ground of the outer, which gives concrete content and actuality to it.12 For instance, a child, who is inwardly preoccupied with its own immediate feelings and natural abilities, finds its outward rational fulfilment as an adult who has been educated to identify his or her personal interests with those of the universal. From a Hegelian standpoint, then, the outer is higher than the inner, with the result that the ethical task is to divest oneself of inwardness by giving it expression in an outward form. Whenever one fails to do that and slips back into 'the inward qualification of feeling, mood, etc.' after having entered the universal, one 'commits an offense and stands in temptation' (FT 60). As Johannes sees it, however, in identifying inwardness with the immediacy of...

Freemasonry Roman Catholicism

Papacy and Freemasonry, those are the two powers active throughout the world and each is seeking to dominate it. The solution of the struggle taking place between them is, at the present moment of the utmost importance for we are face to face not only with the crossroads of history but also with a radical transformation of humanity itself. Either Roman Catholicism will lift us up again to the level of Christian Civilization or else Judeo-Masonry will drag us down the path of Barbarism and Decadent Paganism. The whole world oscillates between the two Christianism and Paganism. On December 8th, 1892, Pope Leo XIII wrote to the Italian Episcopal Hierarchy At the present moment (1930) it is a fact that St. Augustine's two cities, the City of Good and the City of Evil are separate, each seeking to rule the world. The City of Evil ruled by Satan is named Judeo-Masonry insistently it proclaims to all, Catholics, Protestants, Orthodox, to Freethinkers, Communists, and Pagans, in fact to the...

Reading the Signs of the Times

This trope also echoes a question posed by the disciples to Jesus as he was issuing his apocalyptic warnings near the end of his life. Tell us, they asked, what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age (Mt. 24.3). What signs will alert us, in other words, to anticipate that a new order is at hand. Jesus went on to describe to them a bleak scenario of wars, famines, earthquakes, and widespread lawlessness. Great upheavals precede the unveiling of a new order, his message seemed to be. With this, Jesus gave us one of the most enduring plotlines of Western history, internalized in our consciousness and rehearsed in probably every generation since to make sense of the tumult that never really desists for long. The belief that the tumult of our present moment in modernity is foreshadowing a new order is a pervasive theme in our culture, inside and

And His Relation To God 305

Hence the self of which the pure intelligence is conscious is simply the pure subjective unity of thought to which all objects are referred and in this sphere objects are known only through the changeless ideas that are realised in them. The objects of such a pure intellectual consciousness are not the things of the immediate experience of the finite individual and the self of which it is conscious in apprehending them is not the empirical self. Plotinus, indeed, asserts that in this pure consciousness the individuality of every particular intelligence is still preserved. But it is hard to see what this can mean. For, even at this stage the movement of ascent seems to be, not the rise to a higher self-consciousness in which all that was present in the lower sphere is reasserted, though with a new light thrown upon it but the recoil upon a simple intuition in which all that concerns the limited individual life is left out. It is a movement towards a more abstract,...

Can Theology Go Through Kant

The reasoning behind this theological pessimism varies, but its assumptions and implications are manifest - not enough research has been done to spell out the transcendental dimensions of Kant's philosophy and the significance of these dimensions as possible grounds for theology. Much recent work has been devoted to remedying this lacuna in traditional interpretations of Kant. Kant and the New Philosophy of Religion (2006), co-edited by Chris L. Firestone and stephen R. Palmquist, comprises something of a watershed in this regard. In addition to fine contributions by Gregory Johnson (challenging the traditional view on Kant and enthusiasm), John Hare (challenging the traditional view on Kant and atheism) and Christopher McCammon (challenging the traditional view on Kant and deism) et al., Palmquist and I, in the 'Editors' Introduction', make the case that the traditional interpretation of Kant is merely the 'largest unified minority report' on how to understand Kant's philosophy and...

Contemporaneity with Christ

In his journals Kierkegaard states that 'before there can even be any question about having faith, there must be the situation. And this situation must be brought about by an existential step on the part of the individual The requirement is that you must venture out, out into water 70,000 fathoms deep. This is the situation' (JP ii. 1142). As Johannes Climacus sees it, the situation that results in either the happy passion of faith or the unhappy passion of offence is occasioned by an encounter of the understanding with the absolute paradox, which came into existence in a decisive moment of time, thereby providing a historical point of departure for the eternal happiness of both contemporary and later followers of Christ. The immediate contemporary and the follower 'at second hand' thus stand essentially in the same situation of contemporaneity with this 'absolute fact', which is different from all other historical facts in that relations to it are not apportioned by time (PF 67,...

Going Within and the Silent Witness

Being centered within and experiencing actualization seems to come from outside the constant parade of temporal events, from somewhere far deeper than the surface consciousness. We experience it s a presence of awareness that pervades.j.id illuminates the condi ned world of our ordinary experience with a sense of wholeness and connectedness. This presence of awareness ntegrates our mental, vital, and physical consciousness so that they act harmoniously together in the present moment, and this remains true as long as we are able to maintain the state of being centered within. The natural result is an accord and con-gruency in our behavior and expression of ourselves our body language, speech, thoughts, emotions, vibrations, and our general tone. We no longer are prone to project incongruities or self-contradictions. The messages we communicate, both internal and external, become more consistent. Our will and desire are no longer fragmented,- there is no longer confusion and hesitation....

The Torah and Old Testament

The distinction is one of gradations of n purity in human consciousness moving towards greater purity and clarity. However, even in che New Testament there is necessarily some degree of admixture. Any inspiration or revelation flowing through an incarnate human being will naturally be limited by the capacity I the individual's own knowledge, understanding, and wisdom, the place and time in which he or she lives, and his or her own assumptions and prejudices.

The Triune God Of The Bible

Consider how when you deliberate silently within yourself by reason, this same action takes place within you that takes place in God , while reason accompanied by discourse (sermo) meets you at every moment of your thought, at every impression of your consciousness your every thought is discourse, your every consciousness is reason you must perforce speak it in your mind, and while you speak it you experience as a partner in conversation (conlocutorem) that discourse which has in it this very reason by which you speak when you think in company of that discourse in speaking by means of which you think.

Interpretation through Revelation

There are climates of opinion, escapes by applying to life the short and narrow ideas of some present moment. Emotionalism reduces the historic revelation to a demagogic device for arousing fear, anger and pity in the service of some petty cause. The figures of the Christian drama are even made to act out the puerile and vicious farces of racial, nationalistic and ecclesiastic imaginations. But revelation is not the source of such irrationality and absurdity. We become fools because we refuse to use revelation as the foundation of a rational moral life.

Knowledge from the underside33

Epistemological strategy within social ist ecofeminism. Contrary to those who maintain that standpoint epistemologies require essentialism and the erasure of difference (essentialism, in that there appears to be something inherent 'in' women for this position to be maintained erasure, in that cultural differences and power differentials between actual women -between, say, a white, middle-class European academic and a fieldworker in India - appear to be obliterated), the argument depends on an account of the social location of women. What is privileged is not 'the position of women' but rather the range of practices which are - under present patriarchal conditions - the preserve (but not the reserve) of women. As Salleh notes ' T o say this is not to say that women are any closer to nature than men in some ontological sense. Rather, it is to recall Marx's teaching that human consciousness develops in a dialectical way through sensuous bodily interaction with the material...

Open Resistance or Cautious Compromise

In league with Augustine's guarded endorsement of all things finite, Martin Luther popularized the leveling formula of finitum capax infiniti (the finite has the capacity for the infinite) according to which divine goodness is understood to have the power to appear wherever God wills and a believer is receptive - in the basic sacramental elements of water, bread and wine, but also in the humble phenomena of a crib, a cross, skin, muscle and bones, parental love, and the tools of one's trade. Indeed, according to Luther, God in his essence is present everywhere, in and through the whole creation in all its parts and in all places, and so the world is full of God and he fills it all, yet he is not limited or circumscribed by it.51 John Calvin, whose severe views on the corrosive effects of the Fall of Adam and Eve are well known, still insisted that a common grace continues to work outside of the church, both in nature and in human affairs. Friederich Schleiermacher located an opening...

Influence and Controversies

Indeed, Tillich's philosophical theology has in certain respects been surprisingly developed in a postmodernist direction, for example by Charles Winquist.24 I say surprising because looked at one way many themes in Tillich look like classic evidence of a modernist orientation. The notion of the depth of reason looks like the basis of a claim that human consciousness has immediate and indubitable cognitive access to transcendence that serves as the foundation of all other theological claims, which postmodern thought rejects in its non-foundationalist theories of knowledge. The construal of God as ground of being immediately present in the power of being exercised by every finite life looks like an instance of the intellectual tradition of onto-theology critiqued by postmodern thought. The story in Part V of God actualizing Godself in a process that culminates in an eschatological panentheism looks like an instance of the totalizing metanarratives that postmodernist thought critiques....

Sexinggendering the common realm

I do not think that for humanity there is an original harmony that has been lost or a teleological harmony to come. If anything, humanity is essentially in conflict with non-human nature in using human consciousness and reflexivity to create a special and privileged niche. In doing this humanity is neither natural nor unnatural.53

The Great Beast and the Final Conflict

Collective level we are compelled by the demiurgos and archons and by dark and hostile forces. According to Gnostic teachings, the forn, .r seeks to maintain the status quo and the latter seek to upset the balance and lead toward- chaos and destruction. In this mix, there are a so divine forces seeking to enlighten and liberate humanity from i s bondage to the demiurgos and the violent inclination. Thus, as mil h as the climax of an internal conflict, Armageddon is also viewed as a final confl'ct within human consciousness between cosmic forces.

Lack Of Roots And Aliena Tion

Other words, it stops at the level of description and does not explore or explain reality in depth. For an in-depth study and explanation of reality, we must appeal to the human sciences as a whole we must include economics and politics. We must appeal to the whole history of a culture. When this history is reconsidered in the light of faith, then we are beginning to theologize, to work out a theology of the present moment in history.

Theology Now Its Inheritance

Amid this diversity of response, one issue stood central history in general, and in particular the history of Jesus and the Christian movement which somehow flowed from him. For such as Schleiermacher the historical Jesus was important as the definitive example and imparter of the uniquely full consciousness of God. For Hegel and the idealists the figure of Jesus or at least the doctrines that had been subsequently created about him had the significance of demonstrating in a particular way the eternal truths of spiritual reality. For Liberal Protestants like Ritschl, and still more so for the celebrated Church historian Adolf von Harnack (1851-1931), it became crucially important to recover the actual 'Jesus of history' as distinct from the Christ of later dogma, so that the specific nature of his ethical teaching could be identified. But at the same time, the element of subjectivity could not be kept out of historical knowledge any more than other areas of human understanding. Is...

Their Intent Our Interpretation

One final but unrelated point demands attention Do I think that the Christian theologians and Judaic sages intentionally undertook the confrontation that I impute to them I have no opinion about matters of intention. We cannot show, and therefore do not know, that the sages who framed the Judaism expressed in the fourth-century documents determined as a matter of articulated intent to define a Judaism that would confront the issues made urgent and critical by the triumph of Christianity. So we do not know that sages in full consciousness decided to reply to the Christian program on the important topics at hand.

Foundation for Natural Theology

I suggest that Chalmers is absolutely convincing in this reply. There can be no contemplating or observations of this or that evidence about behavior or functions or any theories about mass, charge, and space-time unless there is conscious awareness. Consciousness is antecedent to, and a presupposition of, science and philosophy. To emphasize the primacy of consciousness, note Drew McDermott's effort to defend Dennett against Chalmers. McDermott offers this analogy against Chalmers and in favor of Dennett Suppose a lunatic claims he is Jesus Christ. We explain why his brain chemicals make him think that. But he is not convinced. 'The fact that I am Jesus is my starting point, a brute explanandum explaining why I think this is not sufficient.' The only difference between him and us is that he can't stop believing he's Jesus because he's insane, whereas we can't stop believing in phenomenal consciousness because we are not (McDermott 2001, p. 147). But surely, this analogy is wide of...

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Stalker, Imago Christi Christ was not half a God and half a man but he was perfectly God and perfectly man. Moberly, Atonement and Personality, 95 The Incarnate did not oscillate between being God and being man. He was indeed always God and yet never otherwise God than as expressed within the possibilities of human consciousness and character. He knew that he was something more than he was as incarnate. His miracles showed what humanity might become. John Caird, Fund. Ideas of Christianity, 14 The divinity of Christ was not that of a divine nature in local or mechanical juxtaposition with a human but of a divine nature that suffused, blended, identified itself with the thoughts, feelings, volition of a human individuality. Whatever of divinity could not organically unite itself with and breathe through a human spirit, was not and could not be present in one who, whatever else he was, was really and truly human. See also Biedermann, Dogmatik, 351-353 Hodge, Systematic Theology, 2...

Dualism And The Self

The idea of a self which cannot be identified with any part of the physical world is ruled out by scientific methodology. Yet it also appears to be presupposed by the same methodology (Trigg 1993). Reasoning towards truth is an ability possessed by subjects and not brains. Modern science, however, tends to refuse to admit that there are limits to its own capabilities. Richard Rorty (1991 176) refers to the picture of the self 'common to Greek metaphysics, Christian theology, and Enlightenment rationalism'. For him it is the picture 'of an ahistorical natural center, the locus of human dignity, surrounded by an adventitious and inessential periphery'. The picture is, philosophically speaking, an essentialist one, and it is easy to make links between this philosophical conception and religious views of the soul as the continuing essence of what makes each individual what he or she really is. Those who attack such notions do so very often with an explicitly atheist agenda. For Rorty, the...

The Way to Success

As human beings, we do, indeed, desire success, and we generally desire it in the present, not so much in the future. Our life is in the present, and our capacity for future success exists for us in the present moment as a potential. If we can look and see that potential and tap into it in the present, we can and will attain success now that otherwise would oniy come in the distant future. It is a fundamental fact that the actuality of the future is the thought of the present. What we initiate in thought presently, and maintain consistently in thought, will express itself at some future moment as an action or real experience. Here and now, today, in the deeper levels of our being and consciousness, we possess the knowledge and power necessaiy for perfect success hence, the soul of light and Christ self in us.

Matthew Steenberg

This practice of memory, of drawing into the heart the redemptive work of God and making it alive and real to the present moment, is at the very centre of the human synergeia, or co-working, with God in the Church's liturgical life. It is 'in remembrance' of Christ, as he commanded, that the gifts of bread and wine become the very body and true blood of which the faithful partake,-14 it is in 'eternal memory' that the saints are ever alive and present to the faithful,-15 it is in 'remembering, therefore, this saving commandment and all that has come to pass for us - the cross, the tomb, the resurrection on the third day', that the faithful enter into the reality of these very things.16 This is memory in the sense not only of recollection, but of calling into the present experience of the human mind and heart - or nous - the reality of God's redeeming work. Through the communion with this God who is beyond time, the Church engages in the reality of the thing remembered. So the...

Stories In History

Suffering is no timeless experience it produces reactions in the life of all living beings, especially humans. They can be found in all biographies and evolve in the stories of suffering. Where people have tried to overcome suffering, they are searching, so that the stories of suffering become at once stories of search. This is clear where people in their reflection are not only concerned with the past, but open to them the future. For even if a person likes to overcome his suffering here and now in this moment, he must be interested that his rescue does not last only for the present moment, but that it continues into the future.

The cyborg

To fully appreciate the subtle ways in which borging ourselves reconfigures the human consciousness, think about the effects of pop music on one's mood, or on romance and commitment. Pop music, like most music today, is not just musicians playing instruments. It is most immediately sound waves being emitted by electronic devices, a technology that has permitted us to surround our lives with recordings of musicians playing instruments. In the opening scene of High Fidelity, Rob, whose girlfriend has finally had enough and has just stormed out the door of their apartment with her bags packed, lifts the headphones from his ears, turns to the camera, and says, What came first The music or the misery People worry about kids playing with guns or watching violent videos, that some sort of culture of violence will take them over. Nobody worries about kids listening to songs, literally thousands of songs, about heartbreak, rejection, pain, misery and loss. Behind him are thousands of LPs,...

Ritual Murder

The vast scholarship, the documentation on this subject, are presented in a light hearted style not unmixed with awareness of the perils and the ghastly viciousness of the occult arts which translations of museum manuscripts must convey to any sane reader. So reference is made in the Butler book to a branch of this demon magic as belonging to an earlier age to the world of the Akkadian-Chaldean 'Babylonian' inscriptions and of the Graeco-Egyptian papyri animated by the belief that the gods could and would support the magician in his dealings with the demons, if properly invoked and that by the use of certain mysterious and ineffable names as well as other spells, they could be forced to do so even against their will. From the earliest times this extraordinary power was recognized as prone to abuse in the hands of 'black'

Reply to Argument I

Consider, again, Nielsen's claim that God exists is akin to procrastination drinks melancholy. Unless we charitably interpret the latter as a poetic report that, say, the tendency to delay projects promotes melancholy (which seems to hold in my case, on occasion), the latter report is profoundly different from the former. People and animals drink, but not tendencies or states of character. I suggest that the second phrase is meaningless, but the first expresses a proposition which may, in fact, be true and so ought to arouse our interest in its truth. If we have some reason to think human consciousness may not be physical and this opens up the question of whether there may be a nonphysical divine agent, then asking about (human or divine) causes of events is vital. A strict behaviorist who denies the possibility of any mental events may urge us to put to one side any search for a mental cause for my writing this sentence. But once strict behaviorism is put to one side, the search for...

Emergence

Here, we can only see a present event if we connect it in some way with what has gone before, and yet the present event was neither hidden in the past, nor is it added to the past, as it were, from another past rather, the present emerges from the past and the future. But just as we saw that there is no space for emergence, so equally there is no time for emergence. The present moment, as soon as it occurs, takes on the aspect of something that was already there and somehow we had failed to notice - and this accounts for our odd sense of inevitability about things, and maybe for a sense of the uncanny or d j vu. For just the same reason, the present moment has already transgressed on the sphere of the future, as if it were added to the past from the future. One can see this as the aporetic impossibility of presence.

The Holy

And we are drawn to it, Burke and Kant suggest, both because it rejuvenates us and because through repeated experiences of such survivable mystery, our imaginations are invited to extend to unknown frontiers. The sublime thus drives the aesthetic imagination.14 The evocative power of the sublime became a central theme in both German and British Romanticism through the nineteenth century. The Protestant theologian Friedrich Schleiermacher, a central figure in German Romanticism, identified a sense of absolute dependence within human consciousness, an intuition and feeling of the infinite through which we become aware of the permanent dependence of all finite reality upon the infinite. He called this our God-consciousness, a point of contact between the finite and the infinite which enters our awareness through our consciousness of sin and grace - a fluctuating sense of our alienation from God and our fellowship with God. This twin consciousness is never had...

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