Immanence and transcendence again (Part 2): The ideas and nature

If God wants to create something, then He can do it, which means that His will is the cause of existence! And according to Grimes, the cause is an idea. This idea makes existence. [Pierre Grimes: Wisdom Literature in the Platonic Tradition. Lecture 20: Grades of Reality. Opening Mind Academy, 1995.] For instance, a manContinue reading “Immanence and transcendence again (Part 2): The ideas and nature”

Immanence and transcendence again (Part 1): The universal God, nature and the philosopher

As Frankfort & Frankfort stated: “The ancient, like the modern savages, saw man always as part of society, and society as imbedded in nature and dependent upon cosmic forces. For them nature and man did not stand in opposition and did not, therefore, have to be apprehended by different modes of cognition.” [Henri Frankfort &Continue reading “Immanence and transcendence again (Part 1): The universal God, nature and the philosopher”

The problem of putting God and the cosmos in contrast

By the way, it is noteworthy to explain why putting God in contrast to the universe is such a big matter for Chinese Christian theology. This goes back to the traditional understanding of the cosmos itself. God, called Shen or Dao in Chinese, cannot be set apart from the cosmos, because God is the sourceContinue reading “The problem of putting God and the cosmos in contrast”

God as dynamic source of everything

God is the source of life and light and joy to the universe. Like rays of light from the sun, like the streams of water bursting from a living spring, blessings flow out from Him to all His creatures. And wherever the life of God is in the hearts of men, it will flow outContinue reading “God as dynamic source of everything”

Allegory on reductionism

Already a few times, I pointed out that the world is too complex to reduce everything to materialism, which means that something must exist beyond. So any Atheist materialist assumption as a starting point to explain the world has to be ruled out. Recently, I have read a very nice phrase which sums this upContinue reading “Allegory on reductionism”

A thought on God’s loving creation

Though I am not a Seventh-Day-Adventist, and not even a Christian, what I like about Seventh-Day-Adventist literature is their strong commitment to the Old Testament and that they try to understand the Jewish roots of Christianity. Too many Christian schools, in my point of view, seem to rejoice more in the New Testament, since itContinue reading “A thought on God’s loving creation”

Empédocle

Par Timo Schmitz B17 Versets 1-8: δίπλ’ ἐρέω· τοτὲ μὲν γὰρ ἓν ηὐξήθη μόνον εἶναι ἐκ πλεόνων, τοτὲ δ’ αὖ διέφυ πλέον’ ἐξ ἑνὸς εἶναι. δοιὴ δὲ θνητῶν γένεσις, δοιὴ δ’ ἀπόλειψις· τὴν μὲν γὰρ πάντων σύνοδος τίκτει τ’ ὀλέκει τε, ἡ δὲ πάλιν διαφυομένων θρεφθεῖσα διέπτη. καὶ ταῦτ’ ἀλλάσσοντα διαμπερὲς οὐδαμὰ λήγει, ἄλλοτε μὲν Φιλότητι συνερχόμεν’ εἰς ἓν ἅπαντα, ἄλλοτε δ’Continue reading “Empédocle”

Quelques idées d’Héraclite

Par Timo Schmitz ποταμοῖς τοῖς αὐτοῖς ἐμβαίνομέν τε καὶ οὐκ ἐμβαίνομεν, εἶμέν τε καὶ οὐκ εἶμεν. (B 49) : Nous entrons dans les mêmes rivières et n’y entrons pas; nous sommes et ne sommes pas. – Le cosmos continue régulièrement et change sans interruption. Cf. Goethe : « Ach, und in demselben Flusse, schwimmst du nicht zum zweitenmal »Continue reading “Quelques idées d’Héraclite”

Anaximène

Par Timo Schmitz Ἀναξιμένης δὲ καὶ αὐτὸς ὢν Μιλήσιος, υἱὸς δ’ Εὐρυστράτου, ἀέρα ἄπειρον ἔφη τὴν ἀρχὴν εἶναι, ἐξ οὗ τὰ γινόμενα καὶ τὰ γεγονότα καὶ τὰ ἐσόμενα καὶ θεοὺς καὶ θεῖα γίνεσθαι, τὰ δὲ λοιπὰ ἐκ τῶν τούτου ἀπογόνων. A 7: Anaximène, également de Milet, fils d’Eurystrate, disait que l’air illimité est le premierContinue reading “Anaximène”

[Poem] Timo Schmitz: “Being” (2013)

Blue is the water, and stones are on the ground, A red small piece of glass can be found, And near the river banks, the water flowers reach the sun. Untouched nature, everywhere around, So far, I can’t see where it starts and where it ends, A slow whistle in my mind, it tends ToContinue reading “[Poem] Timo Schmitz: “Being” (2013)”