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Posted on 01/09/2015 9:03:24 AM PST by Salvation
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A system of thought, developed by Karl Bath, which holds that the main feature of the Christian religion is an inherent opposition among its revealed mysteries. The fundamental opposition, or dialectic, is between God and man. Other oppositions, such as time and eternity, finite and infinite, creature and Creator, nature and grace, are derived from the primary conflict. Moreover, dialectical theology claims that these oppositions cannot be reconciled by the human mind. Only God can bridge the gap that separates them.
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These views can go on in my own head on any given day. At least now I have someone to blame. :)
Christian faith is about a Savior.
Everything else is subservient details.
This theory sounds like God didn’t have anything better than to be a philosopher. I’m surprised any serious branch of Christendom would consider buying it.
Anything better to DO
Wrestling with philosophy is one way in which one can be spoken to by God.
Modes of revelation are one thing. Building an entire worldview of heaven around it is another.
That concept was a little over my head: are you sure Aquinas didn't write it? :)
I love Aquinas, but sometimes he gives me a headache.
Aquinas must have been an interesting fellow to know. I tried years ago to watch “Thomism” on EWTN. WHOOSH! Straight over my head!
Check out aquinasonline.com
It gives as concise an overview of Thomas’ philosophy as possible.
Peter Kreeft has an insightful way of classifying philosophical systems.
The first kind seem clear at first, but become obscure upon deeper study. Examples would be the British philosophers (utilitarianism).
The second group begins obscurely and ends obscurely. This would be French and German philosophy.
The final group would be those that begin obscurely but becomes clear upon deeper study. Examples would be Aristotle and Aquinas.
That’s been my experience with Aquinas. Once you understand the fundamentals of Aristotle’s philosophy, like the Four Causes, Potency/Act and Substance/Accident, things become very clear.
Thanks again, and God bless you!
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