Wednesday, December 30, 2015

God Who Can Be Touched

"Like the pagan I worship a God who can be touched; and I do indeed touch him — this God — over the whole surface and in the depths of that world of matter which confines me: but to take hold of him as I would wish (simply in order not to stop touching him), I must go always on and on through and beyond each undertaking, unable to rest in anything, borne onwards at each moment by creatures and at each moment going beyond them, in a continuing welcoming of them and a continuing detachment from them; like the quietist I allow myself with delight to be cradled in the divine fantasy: but at the same time I know that the divine will, will only be revealed to me at each moment if I exert myself to the utmost: I shall only touch God in the world of matter, when, like Jacob, I have been vanquished" - Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, from "Hymn of the Universe".

Denial of Reason

"The denial of reason in the classical sense is anti-human because it is anti-divine." - Paul Tillich, from "Systematic Theology Vol. 1", pp  72.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Paradox is not Contradiction

"It is not a logical contradiction which makes it a paradox but the fact that it transcends all human expectations and possibilities. It breaks into the context of experience or reality, but it cannot be derived from it. The acceptance of this paradox is not the acceptance of the absurd, but it is the state of being grasped by the power of that which breaks into our experience from above it" (Paul Tillich, from "Systematic Theology, Vol. 1; pp. 57).