In a message dated 4/11/02 11:28:54 AM Central Daylight Time,
> In a message dated 4/11/2002 8:12:43 AM Pacific Daylight Time,
> mwinslow-sf@... writes:
> > I think that those who hold that fantasy is wrong because of the
> > are
> > those who take the Enlightenment epistemology as the /only/ epistemology
> > the only way of knowing truth. If so, they must also diminish, if not
> > outright
> > deny, much Christian thought that looks to other ways of knowing.
> Yep. I, personally, refer to such folks as "metaphorically challenged."
This is so true in my own faith - the Eastern Orthodox - which is very
uninterested in "enlightenment" or "scholastic" approaches. We primarily
seek to approach God by worship, and by purifying our hearts that we may see
Friday night we attended the service of the Akathist Hymn. The hymn, and
the preceding Canon also sung at the service, are both poetic works directed
to the praise of the Virgin Mary, the Theotokos.
I began to think of the extravagance of metaphor with which this poem is
saturated; indeed, it is mythic while at the same time being about Truth.
Rejoice, Vine bringing forth an unwithering Branch;
Rejoice, orchard of pure Fruit!
Rejoice, for you tend the Husbandman, the Lover of mankind
rejoice, for you bear the Gardener Who cultivates our life!
Rejoice, earth yielding a rich harvest of compassion;
rejoice, table laden with abundant mercy!
Rejoice, for through you the fields of Eden flower once again;
rejoice, for you make ready a haven for our souls!
And in one verse, She is said to have "silenced the word-webs of the
Athenians" and "left the philosophers as mute as gaping fish."
And =all= of this, of course, would be considered the rankest heresy and
idolatry by the Balaam's-Ass people.
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