Sunday, September 19, 2010

Carlo Carretto on Belief
and Evil

Note... At age of 44 Carlo Caretto went into the desert of the Sahara and became a member of the Little Brothers of Jesus, inspired by the spirituality of Charles de Foucauld ...

If we could always remain children, little children in the Spirit, everything would be easier and faith in God would develop naturally, as a tree develops, containing the programme of its long future in its seed.

You see, there is something we must keep well in mind: It may be hard to believe, but it is a lot harder not to.

It is not easy to shrug off so colossal a thing as the whole universe with the simple phrase “I don’t believe”, and blithely refuse all response to the tremendous logic of things visible.

Like it or not, faced with the real, I have to find a plausible reason for it - a reason that will satisfy my thirst to know. After all, the real is there, right in front of me, with its life that I collide with, its light that envelops me, its love that seeks me out.

Saying “I don’t believe in God” ends up begging the question...Continue

As the Nihil This Way Rolls

In those days there was no king in Israel; every man did that which was right in his own eyes. --Judges 21:25

The German Enlightenment philosopher, Immanual Kant (d 1804), said we cannot know the truth---any truth---in itself, even should it exist. We can only know how phenomena appear to us.

Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (d. 1831) said that there is no proposition which will stand on its own as objective and final truth, outside the mind, but will, rather, proceed through encounter with its contradictions to eventual syntheses, which in turn will start the process all over again.

So, then, there is no ultimate truth which we can actually grasp according to Kant, only what appears as truth; and what we think we can see, according to Hegel, is really an evolving illusion working its way toward an ontological state, a Future which will emerge as the Whole.

The Postmodern World

Thus the combination of Kant and Hegel in respect to objective, final, truth is sufficient to explain much of our postmodern world, I am hardly the first to observe. At least positivism-modernism, later, respected some aspects of objectivity and believed in deducing parts of real knowledge from observation of the real, external, world ...Continue

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