11110Re: "accepting one's lot"
- Jun 5, 2005Marinas_snake
>>>"Suspending preconceptions is not an easy thing to do though, is it?Anyone have any advice on how to accomplish that?"<<<
It IS hard... REALLY hard. I personally don't claim to completely
attain it, and I am on record for pointing out the flaws of nearly
every scholar on the subject for not attaining it. I think sometimes
people even get the impression that I am some kind of pessimist who is
overly ready to rip down everyone else's theories... but this is not
really my intent. I simply think that a self aware attempt to
understand this in and of itself is admirable, and that we should all
be willing to admit our own failings in this area (scholors even MORE
I can even tell you my own eisigetic leanings, as I am very aware of
them. However, to some extent that is a subject for another group. My
advice is this; understand the history! THEN, Understand the
hermeneutics. And as you learn that history, continue to ask yourself
if you are simply looking at it from a personal perspective, or if you
are really understanding the intended communication. This is a double
check, since anyone can claim to understand it in spirit. I don't
agree with Gich that this "Gnosis" does not have an intellectual
function... as you know. I think that this intellectual function is a
ballance to the Sophia experience, and that they should work together.
The Sophia fell without the Logos, so it seems that dealing with this
subject on a logical and historical front is something that the
Gnostics of old would have supported. Don't get me wrong, I am not
saying that it is the only aspect... I am simply pointing out that it
can be a way of testing the communication against our own eisegesis.
So, the way to deal with the subject while suspending preconceptions
seems to me to be aboutbacking off on our personal needs, and trying
to understand if the message may have communicated something beyond
the desire to prove our own observations. How do you feel about that?
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