19 November 2011

A Little Philosophical Reflection...

Theistic philosopher Bernard Lonergan (1904-1984) wrote in Method in Theology (1972):

To deliberate about x is to ask whether x is worthwhile.  To deliberate about deliberating is to ask whether any deliberating is worthwhile.   Has "worthwhile" any ultimate meaning?  Is moral enterprise consonant with this world? ...Does there or does there not necessarily exist a transcendent, intelligent ground of the universe?  Is that ground or are we the primary instance of moral consciousness?  Are cosmogenesis, biological evolution, and historical process basically cognate to us as moral beings or are they indifferent and so alien to us?  Such is the question of God.  It is not a matter of image or feeling, of concept or judgment.  They pertain to answers.   It is a question.   It rises out of our conscious intentionality, out of the a priori structured drive that promotes us from experiencing to the effort to understand, from understanding to the effort to judge truly, from judging to the effort to choose rightly.  In the measure that we advert to our own questioning and proceed to question it, there arises the question of God ...[H]owever much religious or irreligious answers differ, however much there differ the questions they explicitly raise, still at their root there is the same transcendental tendency of the human spirit that questions, that questions without restriction, that questions the significance of its own questioning, and so comes to the question of God.  The question of God, then, lies within man's horizon.   Man's transcendental subjectivity is mutilated or abolished, unless he is stretching forth towards the intelligible, the unconditioned, and the good of value.  The reach, not of his attainment, but of his intending, is unrestricted.  There lies within his horizon a region for the divine, a shrine for ultimate holiness.   It cannot be ignored.  The atheist may pronounce it empty.  The agnostic may urge that he finds his investigation has been inconclusive.  The contemporary humanist will refuse to allow the question to arise.   But their negations presuppose the spark in our clod, our native orientation to the divine.  (102-103)

03 November 2011

Did God Cause Judas To Betray Jesus?

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02 June 2011

God can save our children

“[Much of the church] fears that if the young person, especially in adolescence, is permitted to become acquainted with the world and its lures, he is sure to be lost. This prediction is, in all its intended realism, a lack of faith and a surrender to determinism. If the Gospel cannot call people out of the world, it is no Gospel. If what we preach to our young people cannot call them out of the world, then we must ask ourselves if what we are preaching is the Gospel. If placing people in a context of choice where it is possible to choose the wrong is unwise, then God himself made the first mistake when he created Adam and the worst mistake when he let people kill his Son. At the bottom of it all, this pessimism means placing oneself fully on the level of the world. It means agreeing with the world that all human development is determined by physical and psychological necessities; agreeing with the world that Christian faith is a matter of behavior patterns and of truths to be passed on; agreeing with the world that there is no miracle of resurrection, no miracle of faith, no Holy Spirit.”

(John Howard Yoder, “Christian Education: Doctrinal Orientation”)