(urth) Indescribable Christ?
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Fri Feb 6 16:29:27 PST 2009
On Fri, Feb 6, 2009 at 4:07 PM, John Smith <jsmith2627 at att.net> wrote:
> --- On *Fri, 2/6/09, Roy C. Lackey <rclackey at stic.net>* wrote:
> From: Roy C. Lackey <rclackey at stic.net>
> Subject: Re: (urth) Indescribable Christ?
> To: "The Urth Mailing List" <urth at lists.urth.net>
> Date: Friday, February 6, 2009, 6:35 PM
> This subject is tiresome and has been done to death over the years, and
> leads nowhere. People are talking past each other, as ever. I should stay
> out of it. But I will make an appeal to the text.
> At issue here is whether or not Severian is in any meaningful sense a
> manifestation of the Christ, rather than someone who merely has Christ-like,
> or Christic (as I believe someone here once termed it) qualities. The
> difference is unimportant to some, but
> to Christians (which I am not) it is
> Amen. I disagee only with "to Christians it is paramount." Most Christians are concerned with the message of Christ, not hair-splitting theological arguments.
> Best wishes,
Jack, you speak of theology as though you think it and the "message" of
Christianity (whatever that is supposed to mean; for the Apostles it was the
empty tomb) are mutually exclusive. Furthermore, your statement appears to
have as its primary object your assertion of superiority over those who
engage in "hair-splitting theological arguments".
Christology as a focus of controversy has cooled a great deal since the 5th
century, but most Christian bodies consider it an essential part of the
faith; the catechisms of the largest Christian churches all address it.
Clearly, quite a few people consider it important.
Simple arithmetic suffices for most of my mathematical needs. I find
complex geometry obscure, but that's not justification for me to conclude
that it's useless. Math, like religion, is bigger than my experience and my
Democracy, which is a charming form of government, full of variety and
disorder, and dispensing a sort of equality to equals and unequals alike.
Plato (c. 428-348 B.C.), The Republic, bk. VIII, 558-C
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