Faith and Reason
- Bradford provided in quotes, without revealing the source (if you
wouldn't mind in the future, Bradford, to be more careful here - it
makes for some confusion for those of us wanting to know the "voice"
that is speaking):
"Descartes had felt that it was sufficient to establish the
authority of reason, and to show that reason contains within itself
the elemental truths of religion as well as of science. Faith, no
less than reason, is required, and faith is the gift of God. Our
knowledge of both the natural and the supernatural is rooted in
human reason; they have a common source. Saint Thomas held that
there was a sphere of natural reason and, above this, a region known
by faith through revelation. Faith, however, is not opposed to
reason, nor is reason opposed to faith. <snip>
Joel responds, quoting himself:
"Now, when we travel in this landscape in the thought-world it appears
as pictures. And, with this apprehension of the thought-world as
pictures we come to what seems to be its astral nature. That is the
ethereal landscape is penetrated by astral elements, which with our
mutual picturing thinking (our thinking and the thinking of the
community of inspiration) results in co-created mobile pictures.
"Then we come to the final feature of the thought-world - its Logos
Nature, or what Steiner tried to point our thinking toward in suggesting
we keep awake to the logic of a thought. The thought-world has a
Michaelic ethereal aspect, a Sophianic astral aspect and a Christic I-AM
aspect. In apprehending the Christic or Logos Nature of the
thought-world we come to its essential I nature. In the natural
logicality of thought we meet the Christ (e.g. I am the Way, the Truth
and the Life etc.).
"Our thinking can then become a kind of breathing, wherein we breath in
and ascend through the abstract conceptual element, to the picture
element and then to its logical organism or Logos Nature. After which
we breath out and return the same way, until we act in the world, either
recording our experience in words by writing, or sharing through
speaking, or in the case of a moral dilemma, through action."
now ending with Steiner, from Occult Science:
"One who wholeheartedly pursues the train of thought indicated in these
books [the epistemologies] is already in the spiritual world; only it
makes itself known to him as a thought-world."