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February 25, 2008


Robert C. Cheeks

In his chapter from Theo-Logic, The Logos Declares Himself, Hans Urs von Balthazar writes, "He (Christ) could, however, use two things, though in nonphilosophical, quotidian form. The first was a shared existence with one's fellowmen which he called love of neighbor and expressly elevated to the level of the supreme commandment. The second was fruitfulness. Because of its familiarity to everyday experience, the parables of growth could use even the subhuman form of fruitfulness as a manifold example of the mysteries of the kingdom...Likewise, the difference between action and contemplation, even the difference between the sexes and their specific roles, cannot, despite the maior dissimilitudo, be utterly without foundation in the life of the living God." The homosexual act, as such, mocks God's creative narrative; a homosexual marriage consecrated by the "church" is blasphemy.
The "shifting" you describe within the "Christian" community are merely examples of the continuing breakdown and derailment brought about by the calcification of doctrine and dogma,the tension of postmodernity, and a people who are unable or unwilling to experience
the "Christ event."

Matt S.

James, you might consider digging out Kierkegaard's little essay, On the Difference Between a Genius and an Apostle. The difference, of course, is authority. I have yet to figure out exactly what Kierkegaard meant by this. But it might fit into some of your work on these matters. I might say something more useful if I could get around to reading Rieff -- I'm just about done with my proposal, so maybe then.

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