The Sarabite: Towards an Aesthetic Christianity

There is a continuous attraction, beginning with God, going to the world, and ending at last with God, an attraction which returns to the same place where it began as though in a kind of circle. -Marsilio Ficino

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

On Sight


If Orthodox (Eastern Orthodox or Miaphyte/MonosphyteOriental Christianity) is merely the older pagan philosophy you say--than why would you preclude esoteric teachings--the initiations you speak of go much deeper and are somewhat but poorly recreated without much understanding by masonic ritual.

Please respond.

Very briefly, the issue is not about esoteric teachings, deeper initiations, or anything else of that sort. The issue is how we perceive truth. Without getting bogged down in convoluted epistemological terminology, I would say that truth is not about the mental chewing and spitting out of certain propositions.

Truth is about sight. Understanding is about vision. Wisdom is about learning how to see, and see properly. That is what Neoplatonism says in a nutshell. Truth is intuitive, it is manifest and not proven. (St. Pavel Floresnsky)

The extent that the Orthodox understand this better is for me something that is not obvious. The Orthodox still live in the 21st century, and any anti-rational discourse at the heart of the theology of the last century could just be a knee jerk reaction to modern rationalism. It could just be escapism just as studying Far Eastern religions and philosophies is escapism. (Mind you, I say COULD BE...)

The solution is neither to turn inward in a self-enclosed scholasticism that only polemicists understand, nor is it to look past all of our problems for a Shingri-la in the east. The solution lies in seeing properly in the Western society in which we live, in the light of God. (image credit goes to C.E. Newland, the Painter's Eye, found on this site. Lots of good stuff, please visit).

3 Comments:

At 2:35 PM, Blogger The Scylding said...

"mentally chewing and spitting out of certain propostions"...."self-enclosed scholasticism that only polemicists understan"...

Well said.

 
At 6:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am genuinely confused.

 
At 11:35 PM, Anonymous Gregory said...

"The solution is neither to turn inward in a self-enclosed scholasticism that only polemicists understand"

Isn't this the problem with Latin/Roman Catholicism/Christianity at least in practice if not theory.
Specific formulations and semantics and intellecutal assent to the wording of intellectual concepts and rules rather than an internal conversion of the heart or an intuitive understanding.

Isn't this the rap on the approach of the followers of Aquinas in the Latin Church by the Eastern Orthodox?

Don't some Traditionalists fall into this trap? (if it is true)

Do you give any credence to Eastern (non Christian) religions)?

 

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