We study the world that we may understand Scripture, and Scripture teaches us to truly read the world. Is this a conflict of principle or a vicious circle? No, it is the ordinary course of human learning elevated to a glorious pitch. God is pleased to use the things of His creation as a tutor unto … Continue reading On Christian Doctrine: The Rule of Scripture and Knowledge of the Profane
What I want to express is something very difficult, not only because it is something beyond my grasp, not only because it is something I do not possess, but because it is part of the mystery of love and therefore the mystery of God. In the previous post there is one expression of this kind … Continue reading Foolish Wisdom, Part 1
There is no easy way to pick out a husband or wife. The very idea of ‘selection’ is problematic. For some it is simply a matter of romance. In which case, the selection problem is avoided. It becomes a matter of emotion and connection. And while romance can get short shrift, there is something deeply … Continue reading On Selecting a Spouse…or a Car.
We began our reading of Plato’s Theaetetus in Arithmetic today. Like many of the ‘zetetic’ (seeking) dialogues, it focuses upon a central question: What is knowledge? And like many of these dialogues, a question of Socrates, quickly dismissed, is yet worth our attention. In passing, Socrates asks Theaetetus if wisdom is the same thing as knowledge: Knowledge … Continue reading The Pursuit of Wisdom