Theologico-Political in Finland

I wish I had the time (and resources) to go to this. It looks like a great conference. One of the speakers, Hent de Vries, has several interesting books out there, especially this one.

This conference and books like these provide more evidence, if any were needed, that we are indeed post-something. Less and less can anyone naively accept the “modern” story as if it were simply a “factual” cause-and-effect telling of our time and what has been supposedly left behind or surpassed, i.e., the theological.

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1 Response to Theologico-Political in Finland

  1. Burk Braun says:

    Let me make a comment on your Hart quote:

    “Though we may not all have concepts available to us to understand it, all of us experience from time to time that kind of wonder that for Plato and Aristotle is the beginning of all philosophy, that sudden immediate knowledge that existence is something in excess of everything that is, something not intrinsic to it, something strange in its familiarity and transcendent in its immanence. This is an awareness so obvious that there may never be a theoretical language sufficiently limpid and innocent to express it properly, but in it is a wisdom basic to all reflective thought. To fail to see it requires either an irredeemably brutish mind or a willful obtuseness of the sort that only years of education can induce. And this, I venture to say, is why atheism cannot win out in the end: it requires a moral and intellectual coarseness—a blindness to the obvious—too immense for the majority of mankind.”

    As I have mentioned previously, and you have agreed, the emotions of atheists are fully in order, including these sorts of etheral awe experiences, etc.

    The issue is simply whether this “awareness” signifies <>knowledge<>, as you and Hart claim, or whether it rather signifies an <>emotion<> as the words used to describe it so clearly indicate. Does it point inward or outward? That is the question, which is one the Gnostics were interested in as well, incidentally.

    Yet again, I have to recur to the concept of evidence, which is the test of whether such emotions constitute <>knowledge<> or not. And while the universe is big and in many ways yet mysterious, it also seems thoroughly material as far as that evidence goes.


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