Postmodern Premodernist

"... a thing cannot possibly be true in religion and false in philosophy or in science. All methods of arriving at truth, if they be valid methods, will arrive at a harmonious result." -John Gresham Machen

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… in the divine-human encounter, in the situation in which man is after as well as before he hears the word of reconciliation, grace is all on God’s side. And Jesus Christ is the grace of God and the God of grace.
H. R. Niebuhr, Christ & Culture

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Clement, Thomas, and their associates note that man’s reason may be darkened, but is not in its nature misdirected; for them the cure to bad reasoning lies in better reasoning, and in the aid of the divine teacher. Moreover, they regard man’s religious culture in its Christian form—the institutions and doctrines of the holy church—as beyond the range of sinful corruption, however many minor evils calling for reform may now and again appear in the sacred precincts.
H. R. Niebuhr, Christ & Culture

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The natural law, apprehended by reason, is not the true law of God mediated by nature, but the law as apprehended by corrupted reason … Yet the imperatives are not imperatives for a corrupted order, but corrupted imperatives issuing from a true order …
The vision of good in Christ and the reception of the final commandment through him are to be used for the restoration of the corrupted order in nature-culture, for the reinterpretation of the natural imperatives. As, in the case of knowledge, revelation does not take the place of reason but restores it, so in the moral life the vision of eternal good in the gospel does not take the place of temporal good but puts this in its proper place and leads to restoration of the true order of values in the world—though the power of sin is so great and the corruption of the moral as of the rational life is so deep-seated that no easy transvaluation is possible.
H. R. Niebuhr, Christ and Culture

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[Typology] is helpful but has definite limitations which need to be kept in mind. First of all, a type is a mental construct to which no individual wholly conforms. It must be used, therefore, only as a means toward understanding the individual and not as a statement of necessary connections, so that the rational is given precedence over the empirical.
H. R. Niebuhr, Christ and Culture

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I have unofficially deemed today Star Wars Day as well as Arrested Development Day. AKA my new favorite holiday. Happy Cinco de Cuatro everyone, and May the Fourth be with you.

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