Aristotle says something interesting about divine free will in Metaphysics (lest you set to much stock by my store of learning, I’m including the full C.S. Lewis text I got it from):
In Metaphysics we learn that the organization of the universe resembles that of a household, in which ‘no one has so little chance to act at random as the free members. For them everything or almost everything proceeds according to a fixed plan.’
It is necessary in the ushering in of the dispensation of the fulness of times . . . that a whole and complete and perfect union, and welding together of dispensations, and keys, and powers, and glories should take place, and be revealed from the days of Adam even to the present time.
These two facts do exist, that there are two spirits, one being more intelligent than the other; there shall be another more intelligent than they; I am the Lord thy God, I am more intelligent than they all.
-thus the Lord your God
There are already entities with vastly greater than human intelligence working on the problem of augmenting their own intelligence. A great many, in fact. We call them corporations. And while we may have a variety of thoughts about them, not one has achieved transcendence.
-thus Ramez Naan, in The Singularity is Further than It Appears
Happiness consists of joy and sorrow, while unhappiness consists of pleasure and misery.
If there is such thing as a gospel aphorism, this would be it, or if Blake wrote Proverbs of Heaven, this would be in it.
Bruce C. has a sound post up on discernment. It’s practical but inspiring. It touches on virtue ethics, the light of Christ, the divinity of the soul, the Holy Ghost, synchronicity as revelation, and the uses of adversity and repentance (i.e., trial and error).
When Moses began laying heavy plagues on Egypt, the priests of Pharaoh were able to explain it away, at least at first. This is seen in the Book of Mormon where people begin to explain away the prophecies, as mere guesses. Similarly, we are told that when Christ comes, the sign of his coming will be explained away as merely a comet, planet, etc. This is often seen with respect to miracles and curses.
I never expected to see that excuse making in myself. (more…)
I’m rather fond of it myself. I wonder if it is revealing that His Majesty’s artistic interests are confined almost entirely to the abstranct and nonrepresentational. It was precisely the other way with Adolph Hitler.
Although his tastes run towards highly abstract art. Symbolic art he tends to dismiss with a snort of disgust, rather as J.R.R. Tolkien was dismissive of literary allegory.
(And I can’t believe I just compared His Majesty to J.R.R. Tolkien. I feel like I need to go scrub my mouth out.)
This morning, over breakfast, he had this to say: “Rather rude of those German artists to preempt the Obama administration.”
It seems His Majesty is as contemptuous of symbolic politics as he is of symbolic art and allegorical literature. Which, come to think of it, sometimes seem like they’re all the same thing.
I don’t recall ever hearing him express an opinion on religious symbolism. He is not a believer, naturally, and I’m not sure I want to broach the topic.