Jurgen Habermas was a friend and dialogue partner on this subject with then Cardinal Ratzinger, later pope. They both were critical of the pomo or Postmodernism!
I put this up for the time (this time) and great depth of the so-called subject of Postmodernism. Indeed for Judeo-Christianity, it is surely overall a negative supposition! A close and careful study will reveal this in my opinion. Here is both Modernity and Postmodernity, ‘the father and the son’. Surely the great outgrowth, in the negative sense of the Enlightenment! Note Spinoza’s work of pantheism. He was early a great student of course of Descartes. And he was excommunicated from the (his) Jewish synagogue (1656).
As one of C. S. Lewis’ fictional characters put it, “There are a dozen views about everything until you know the answer. Then there’s only one” (That Hideous Strength).
I use and quote this as to the doctrine of “knowing” God’s Sovereign Grace! When the heart & mind experience this reality, it is that “One Truth”!
Revelation 12 to 14 marks a major division in the Apocalypse. These chapters constitute a major hiatus before the final display of God’s wrath in the seven plagues of Revelation 16. John traces in these chapters the underlying cause for the hostility and suffering that fall upon the church. That cause is nothing less than the rage of Satan against the church.
Here is the real modern history of Irish Anglicanism, in the Church of Ireland.
There are people often times who write me and somewhat complain that I use the ecclesiastical term “Father” for myself personally. When it surely appears I am not really a High Church Anglican per se, but much more of an Evangelical, and too Reformational and Reformed, Anglican. Well first, I used to be an Anglo-Catholic, years ago now, and of course I was raised Irish Roman Catholic, and took my first degree there, a BA in Catholic Philosophy. As too between and after my first tour as a Royal Marine, I was a Catholic Benedictine (English or Brit) in my mid 20′s, for a few years. But then of course I became an Anglican, and the rest is history. As I am 63 (64 this Fall) now. But, as semi-retired I still do (and almost daily) some hospital chaplain work, and there too many call me Father, as an Anglican “priest”. (Note I have written a few posts on this use), which as I have said, I see as much more of a “pastoral” moniker (noting, 1 Cor. 4: 14-15).
So some R. Catholic people of course object here, as too even some of my Anglican people, who see only the use of “presbyter”. But, I don’t hold this term of “Father” tightly, but yes I use it, and use it pastorally. So there ya have it!
“The force of the imperative can only be understood only in light of the relation of the indicative to the imperative. Sin does not have the dominion – this is the indicative. This indicative is not only expressly asserted in verse 14, it is implicit in all that the apostle has argued in the verses that precede verse 12. Let not sin reign – this is the imperative. And it flows from the indicative.. It is only because sin does not reign that it can be said, “Therefore let not sin reign”. In other words, the presupposition of the exhortation is not that sin reigns but the opposite, that it does not reign, and it is for that reason that the exhortation can have validity and appeal.” (John Murray, The Epistle to the Romans chapter 6: 12-33 pages 226-227, NIC On The New Testament, – Eerdmans, One Vol., 1968)