Beyond Reason


Why Blog?

Posted in Personal by Abigail on November 29, 2006

I am blogging to

  1. understand
  2. write better
  3. if I’m REALLY lucky, start discussions
  4. and to have some fun

So, I’m blogging mostly for me – the admission of a truly personal blog. But I hope you enjoy it too!!

Soaked

Posted in Writing/Reading by Abigail on November 27, 2006

One must be drenched in words, literally soaked in them, to have the right ones form themselves into the proper pattern at the right moment.

— Hart Crane

Philosophy & Theology

Posted in Faith by Abigail on November 22, 2006

I’m not sure how many people this will interest… but any responses you’ve got – I’m interested!

Until recently, I would have said philosophy is man’s attempt to explain the world through the strength of his own reason while theology is the result of God revealing truth to man. But it seems to me that, perhaps, theology is also a form of philosophy. It attempts to explain reality and to communicate how to live based on the Bible. The reason I bring this up is that the validity of my faith exists because my faith comes from OUTSIDE humanity, because it has a divine source. If, however, my faith is based on men, then my faith isn’t what I thought it was. It appears to again be a man made phenomena.

Now, before I go any farther, let me state that I do believe the Bible is of divine origin and that the faith I’ve been given is real. I can come to that conclusion because it appears that God works in tandem with men. However, this “tandemness” scares the crap out of me. It’s a whole new thought for me. What, other than religion, provides more power to people? Nothing. As nothing offers more power, nothing is more tantalizing for abuse. The most obvious example is the entire Middle Ages – a religious body, the Catholic Church, had political control due to their religious claims. This type of power, religious power, is supreme because it claims to know so much more than any human can know. If someone can tell me the resting place of my eternal soul, they have power. If God works in tandem with us – the church is His body and Christians are His witnesses – men become central players in this drama. But men are fallible, depraved, and untrustworthy. We are forever tripped up by our own egos. And God clearly doesn’t stop us from our own error.

I’ll also throw another person into this. Steve H, a few Sundays back, made the statement that theology is man made. This seems fair and yet disturbing. Certainly fair because theology, at least systematic theology, is man’s study of God. It is man’s efforts expended to understand God, His word, and reality. However, the crux of the story is that man is fallible. He is certainly NOT to be trusted. Our very minds, and certainly our motivations, are corrupted. (Just for clarity’s sake, I don’t mean completely corrupted. I couldn’t write this blog post otherwise.)

Here’s another phrase that caught my attention: “How much of doctrine is inference?” That one’s from Ray and it blew me out of the water. What am I supposed to do with that? If theology is a set of inferences from the Bible, if it is a result of man’s intellect working in tandem with God’s, this means I must put faith in man to some degree. Twelve men started Christianity and men compiled the cannon. Of course I could say that God was working through them, and I do say that, but it still seems to me that men have a much larger role to play in this drama than I realized. And it disturbs me. Christianity has distilled in me such a huge distrust of my fellow men (and also myself).

So, I suppose to go any farther, I’d have to define “theology” and also it’s relation to salvation.

Any thoughts yet?

Blonde Superheros

Posted in Pure Nonsense by Abigail on November 21, 2006

I’m obviously eminently suited for pop culture analysis. (I’m still trying to determine if the Fresh Prince of Bell Air is a musician or TV show). And I have a rhetorical question to ask:

Has there ever been a convincing blonde superhero?

No!! There hasn’t! (I couldn’t help it – I just couldn’t help it.) So who came up with the blonde Bond? James Bond can’t be effective with blonde hair! Here’s the crux of the matter: you just can’t take blondes seriously. As I’ve just opened a can of worms and jumped inside, let me say that I love my blonde friends – nothing against them. But I couldn’t imagine any of them as superheroes. Steve H, on the other hand, is a superhero waiting to happen. It’s the brown hair. I’m probably a superhero waiting to happen too. You never know. I would have the skill of… talking too much… and losing all my friends…

Arnold Schwarzenegger is the closest thing I could think of to a blonde superhero, a republican blonde superhero at that. There are Charlie’s Angels but they are NOT superheroes. They’re in some classification all by themselves and they can stay there. Storm, well she’s not much of a superhero either, or very blonde. Just mostly white.

So, case in point. I win. There are no convincing blonde superheroes. The new James Bond movie will be a flop.