The Gospel

1.) In the beginning was the ecstasy. The self was outside of itself, and so both truly one and truly divided. The ecstasy was whole and lacking nothing, unlike how we now divide ecstasies into those from beauty, joy in work or action, loss of the mind in truth, etc.

2.) The ecstasy was three totalities: there was nothing in it that was not giving rise to ecstasy; nothing in it that was not its cognitive essence; nothing in it that was not its own work of ecstasy. Again, all these were truly one and truly divided, as we experience in every ecstasy.

3.) The self-possession is perfect logos; the work in perfect operation is the Spirit. And all was complete and nothing more was called for.

4.) And they said “There is nothing more to bring forth. Let us bring forth from nothing” And so in the absence of anything given or motive, anything obliged, anything perfecting, they again were outside themselves, taking ecstasy in the universe.

5.) And in this ecstasy there was first the ecstatic ones. And the first of these leapt beyond all others in returning to the source from which they came. And these were first seraphs and then the blessed, though the story of moving from this first thing to the second is the whole of the rest of the story.

6.)  A limit and bottom was fixed to the first ecstasy of the universe. In this bottom and limit the ecstasy was maximally diffused, dim, and weak, such that nothing dimmer or weaker was possible. This limit was the rational creature, which now both came forth and did not come forth. It came forth in the sense that it casted about, planned and drew things to itself; but it also did not come forth because it needed all these things it casted about for to constitute itself. Because it did not yet exist, this casting about by the human logos was purely unconscious and incremental. The story of this unconscious and incremental drawing forth and self-making of the human logos is natural history and physical science.

7.) And the human logos said “Let there be motion”. And motion was. From motion mobiles or substances arose, and from these substances quantity-made-intelligible-by-qualities and the relations between them arose. And humanity was already present in the motion.

8.) Then human logos said “We cannot yet be constituted from this because it is too simple. Let the motions of things fail, and from the failure of these simple things to preserve themselves complexity shall come forth.” And from the entropy, change, failure, and natural evil of simple things the complex came forth. And the logos of all these, both the simple and the complex, was contained in the human logos.

9.) Then the human logos said “So it is. Now there is enough complexity that we can come forth. Let us wait for the act of the covenant that is required to bring us forth.” God made this act, as he had promised in the covenant he had established in creating the humanity that had brought forth the universe. The complexity of what was both man and not-man, woman and not-woman was unified by the human soul, and by covenant all such complexity would be made human.

10.) Then God said “Human Persons, off all ecstasies, yours is most likely to fail. What you first love first is not most loveable and the world you have brought forth is filled with chance, failure, and all the tools needed to bring you forth. I will give you original justice, which will make you an exception to all these things you have done in bringing forth yourself. You will not suffer from chance or natural evil, and you will be given all necessary and sufficient aid to attain perfect human happiness”.

11.) Human persons – having already made the universe – rejected original justice.  This was both a complete failure of the human project, which also constituted a failure of the universe they had brought forth, which was now crowned by a something corruptible and increasingly corrupted. A place to dispose the corruption – a trash dump or Gehenna – came forth.  

12.) Then God said “There is nothing more to bring forth. Let us bring forth from nothing.” And so in the absence of any obligation or anything perfecting the divinity, failed humanity was made divine. The divine self had a second birth into human nature to establish a way for human persons to have a second birth into divine nature.

 

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3 Comments

  1. Timothy Jones said,

    December 28, 2016 at 4:27 pm

    Okay, I’m cracking another bottle of wine. This is going to take a while.

  2. Kristor said,

    January 1, 2017 at 2:26 am

    James:

    “… the loss in the perfect operation was the Spirit.”

    Loss? Did you mean to type “love”?

    “… loss of the mind in truth …”

    Same question.

    • January 1, 2017 at 8:56 am

      That’s a truly baffling typo. I’m pretty sure “loss” was supposed to be “logos” that autocorrected after a missed “g”, but the fragment still made no sense. The sense was supposed to be that in divine ecstasy there is no opposition between the conscious and therefore self-possessed character of the act (logos) and the being outside of oneself as lost in work or absorbed in the good (spirit).


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