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add what you’d like, although i might not to be able to read, watch, nor participate in any meaningful way, but other visitors may.  ;-)

8 responses to “open menu

  1. Ah, lovely photo, to me down under in windtorn NM!

    Today ’twas thus, so far from the madding tv was I perusing ontological understandings on my favorite Orthodox website – Glory to God for All things Even the Wind (that last bit I made up). One quotation in the midst of it all – no, two – reminded me of your comment concerning the fate of Inspector Javert, wendye:
    “All creatures are balanced upon the creative word of God, as if upon a bridge of diamond; above them is the abyss of the divine infinitude, below them that of their own nothingness.” [Philaret of Moscow]

    Rather bleak – this one’s better:

    “…The story of creation (ontologically understood) is the story of love – of a love that acts to preserve freedom (there can be no compulsion in love) and yet makes it possible for freely chosen mistakes to be redeemed.”

    That’s Biblical, but it also describes the ontological path of Jean Valjean in ‘Les Miserables’ as compared to the moral-legalistic path of Javert.

    Dostoievski was a fan of Victor Hugo’s epic tale. So were the French, back in the day. And what a day it was!

    For all of our lost loved ones, memory eternal.

    • isn’t he gorgeous? he’s a blue grosbeak, wish we had some here. we have evening and black-headed grosbeaks, and once upon a time a red-breasted one stopped for a snack. but the blue dude; oh, my. lots of hard winds, snow, rain, and freezing temps here the past few weeks: poor garden perennials!

      even as an apatheist, i find the first quote a moving sentiment, as nothingness is preferable to the abyss. reminding me of the adage: stare into the abyss too long…and you’ll find yourself looking back…

      yes, i see why you can compare that quote to jean valjean, including that the entire saga began with his long imprisonment resulting from stealing that initial loaf of bread: freedom from starvation. guess i’d known the concept of ontology as more metaphysical, but i’ve only understood that philosophical concept in the haziest of ways.

      you’ll laugh, but we just watched a great (imo) sci-fi dvd that had posited love as one of the two extra dimensions (added to the original three).

  2. Oh, I forgot to say “Ontology” might be described as “Being-meaningfulness”. That is, an understanding which places importance on being alive rather than on being morally justified.

    It’s what Christianity was meant to be.


  3. And finally, here’s a bit from a blog writer, thesometimespreacher, about “The Beauty of the Infinite” by David Hart:
    What I Learned
    The primary lesson of The Beauty of the Infinite, for me, was one that I observed indirectly, and that is the importance of the Trinity for all theology. ..
    Hart demonstrates, perhaps indirectly, that the doctrine of the Trinity is more than a mere doctrine or statement about God; it is God’s essence, supremely vital to all theological reflection and faithful practice of the Christian faith. In order to understand God, and therefore to love him well, the Christian must begin with the Trinity…
    “The Father forever sees and infinitely loves the whole depth of his being in the Son, illumined as responsive love in the fullness of the Spirit, and in the always determinate infinity of his triune being God begets all the riches of being – all that all things might ever be – in the image and light of his essence; and thus God himself is already his own analogy, his own infinite otherness and perfect likeness. “

  4. To comment on the above, this looks like a really difficult text, but it does read like poetry so I’m interested in it, very much so. Sorry to ramble – as wendye has said, maybe a visitor will simply contribute something here that has captured their interest the way these snatches of theology have done for me.

    • yeah; that’s a tough one for me, esp. concerning ‘all theology’. but i rarely engage in religious thought, as i don’t even know what my own religion might be. ; ) but yes, we can hope a visitor might add to it, although are so few these days, aren’t there?

  5. Yes, he’s a theologian for sure, but apparently the book first examines all the various ponderings through history about the infinite and that’s half the text. His thesis boils down to that the infinite isn’t scary but beautiful – that’s what interested me. And I figured you would like that part also.

    I liked that sci-fi thought about love as an extra dimension! I hang onto the verse that says “Her sins, which are many, are forgiven because she has loved much.” Doesn’t say who she loved, just ‘loved much’. So, we’re okay, you and me, I figure!

    • ‘the infinite isn’t scary, but beautiful’. i’d certainly hope so, but even imagining the infinite is quite some feat for a human mind, isn’t it? but staring into the vast cosmos, as well as some transcendant music, can cause our imaginations to spiral outward and upward into the vastness that might mirror ‘the infinite’. you likely do it with prayer, as well.

      sure, we’re fine. ; ) i’m glad that you’re enjoying love as another dimension; i sure did.

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