Notes on theology

-For the Christian, philosophy is the handmaid of theology only so far as Mary is the paradigm for handmaids. In affirming power and insight beyond herself, she ends up concretizing it out of her own body and being a new source of its existence.

Benedict: The Christian message is made in history, and so the historical-critical method has an indispensable role to play in its explication. Is this an equivocation? Was the Christian message made within an attempt to give a rational, unified account of available evidence from an assumption of the uniformity of experience?  We are scandalized that God could not write historically, but only in the same way that Augustine was scandalized that God could not write rhetorically, the Neo-Platonists were scandalized that he could not write Platonically. But we’re right, of course.

-The wisdom of God is folly to men. This is not for lack of cleverness in argumentation. Who else can know a man’s thoughts, except the man’s own spirit that is within him? So no one else can know God’s thoughts, but the Spirit of God.

-Religion, like sex and the desire to intoxicate ourselves, is an inveterate element in the human experience. We will go though times of irreligion like we go through times of prohibition and sexual morbidity, and with comparable levels of success.

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