From: Joseph Maurer (email@example.com)
Date: Mon Nov 01 2004 - 18:50:59 GMT
On 31 October Sam writes to MSH:
This made me smile. One of the main axioms in the Christian mystical
tradition is that everything we say about God is a) an analogy and b) breaks
down when pushed. So, in a very literal sense, when Christians say that God
cares, they don't know what they're talking about. I think we have a large
measure of agreement on this.
Hi Sam and MSH and all,
Again I seem to be hijacking a conversation and I am sorry! I do not think
that the existence of an 'endlessness' or an 'absolute' in social 'order' in
the Christian mystical tradition is an analogy. In the inorganic, organic or
intellectual order I would probably agree with you.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Sam Norton" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Sunday, October 31, 2004 9:58 AM
Subject: Re: MD Where does quality reside?
> Hi MSH,
> A quickie
>> msh says:
>> I really like this paragraph. It says a lot about Quality, although
>> it doesn't imply that Quality cares, only that it perceives. But I
>> think we need to guard against mistaking analogy for fact. There is
>> a sense in which the Sun "gives" life, but is it the same sense in
>> which I give my nephew a bicycle?
> msh says:
> As soon as you say that Quality has preferences, (if you mean it
> literally, not poetically), you've already personified Quality.
> Once you've made that personification, I guess there's no reason to
> avoid saying that Quality is the God of Abraham and Isaac, and yada
> yada yada. But this leap, for me, doesn't answer the mystery of
> existence; it merely adds another layer of clutter to my ontological
> This made me smile. One of the main axioms in the Christian mystical
> tradition is that everything we
> say about God is a) an analogy and b) breaks down when pushed. So, in a
> very literal sense, when
> Christians say that God cares, they don't know what they're talking about.
> I think we have a large
> measure of agreement on this.
> See ya later
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