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Kierkegaard, logic and being…

March 25, 2017

“Put me in a system and you negate me. I am not a mathematical symbol. I am.” (Kierkegaard) This appeal from abstraction to experience is certainly rather Biblical! Man is much more than just logic, but he still needs a God-filled logic which itself still needs man at the centre of the idea of being, which of course comes from God and His creation! And this is where modern science fails badly. (Fr. R., from one of my old philosophical quip’s).

  1. [The] Infinite Qualitative Distinction
    June 24, 2013

    Infinite qualitative distinction

    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    “ The fundamental error of modern times lies in the fact that the yawning abyss of quality in the difference between God and man has been removed. The result in dogmatic theology is a mockery of God … ”

    —Søren Kierkegaard, Journals, November 20, 1847

    The infinite qualitative distinction (German: unendliche qualitative Unterschied), sometimes translated as infinite qualitative difference, is an important concept coined by the Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard. The distinction emphasizes the very different attributes of finite and temporal men and the infinite and eternal qualities of a supreme being. This concept is fundamentally at odds with theological theories which posit a supreme being able to be fully understood by man. The theologian Karl Barth made this concept a cornerstone of his theology.

    For Kierkegaard, direct communication with God is impossible, as the idea of God and man are infinitely different. He argues that indirect communication with God is the only way of communication. For example, in Christian belief, the Incarnation posits that Jesus Christ is God incarnate. The infinite qualitative distinction is opposed to rational theology in the sense that, whereas the latter argues one can prove empirically Jesus is God incarnate, the former argues that empirical evidence is utimately insufficient in making that conclusion. The paradoxical nature of the Incarnation, that God is embodied in a man, is offensive to reason, and can only be comprehended indirectly, through faith.

    Barth’s book The Epistle to the Romans also emphasizes such a gulf. Barth writes, “if I have a system, it is limited to a recognition of what Kierkegaard called the ‘infinite qualitative distinction’ between time and eternity, and to my regarding this as possessing negative as well as positive significance: ‘God is in heaven, and thou art on earth’. The relation between such a God and such a man, and the relation between such a man and such a God, is for me the theme of the Bible and the essence of philosophy.”

    • Indeed bare logic alone is NOT God Himself, but GOD made or created logic, but biblically God also transcends His own logic at times, thus the true doctrine of God must have faith! (Heb. 11: 1, note verse 3 also.) And biblically there is no knowledge without faith, i.e. faith in God!

      *Btw, in my opinion, this is a blow to Modern Calvinism, and so-called Calvinist’s that think GOD can be explained dogmatically, with just the bare idea of Revelation. Thus for Luther there was NO Theology of Glory itself! Which is always the essence of Roman Catholic theology, per se. But true “Biblicism” is always filled with God’s “musterion” (mystery). Note St. Paul loves to use this Greek word!

      • And btw, yes I am myself a “Calvinist”, but an old school type…a ‘Calvin’s Calvinist’, which I believe is closer to a form of Neo-Calvinism!

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