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Surefire Defense

nietzsche1 Surefire defense vs "semi-ism" (my neologism -- blame me): kind of a heaving mass of semi-arianism churned up with semi-gnosticism, along with a practical* belief in being-as-power: "... if the beauty of material existence is not merely the overflow of a self-enclosed, strictly unitary, and entirely spiritual beauty into the confining channels of material deformity, but is the unnecessary, untrammeled, and contingent expression of a divine delight that is always already 'differential,' created difference is loosed, as univocally good in its creatureliness, though it is analogically imparted; and when Christian thought replaced the identist and substantial analogy Platonism presumed between the world and 'God' with a genuinely ontological analogy between creatures who own no substantial claim on being at all and a God who is the utterly transcendent and absolutely immediate actuality of any being's existence, every form of metaphysical reasoning had to be recast." -- DBH, Beauty of the Infinite, pp104-5 Please forgive the tentative nature of these propositions, but they are thoughts that have percolated through various "strata of consciousness" over time. What a context we have to deal with. On one side, we have a population who is allergic to non-material concepts … Continue Reading ››