Sunday, March 05, 2006

Masthead 10

posted at 5:06 PM

happy birthday, Karl Rahner ...
Rahner argued that we can know of God by attending to the movement of our knowing itself towards its objects. Reflection on this reveals that our thinking always reaches beyond its immediate objects towards a further horizon. Hence, the movement of our knowing, and the ultimate goal towards which it reaches, can be grasped only indirectly (or 'transcendentally') as our thinking turns back on itself. Rahner identified the elusive and final 'term' of this dynamism with God and contended that the same movement towards God is entailed in freedom and love. By conceiving God, who always exceeds our reach, as the horizon presupposed in the movement of knowing, freedom and love, Rahner provided a way for talking and thinking about God as 'mysterious,' that is to say, as a reality who is known, but only reflexively and indirectly - and perhaps not even consciously - as the ever receding horizon of the human spirit. For Rahner, we are 'spirits' (oriented and able to know God) only through our being 'in the world.' Conversely, as humans, we are in the world in a spiritual way - in a way that either is moving towards and affirming God, or is denying and closing itself to God. Knowledge of God always has a distinctly analogical character and logic because it necessarily entails reference to God as mystery while at the same time this reference is mediated through an unavoidable 'turning' to objectifiable realities.

posted at 10:45 AM


Saturday, March 04, 2006

so saturday ... brings some surprises ... and i finished marilynne robinson's Gilead ... which can be a slow read & not for everyone but if yr of a certain ponderous kind of mind it's a very nice ... & thinkable novel:

So my advice is this -- don't look for proofs. Don't bother with them at all. They are never sufficient to the question, and they're always a little impertinent, I think, because they claim for God a place within our conceptual grasp. And they will likely sound wrong to you even if you convince someone else with them ... I'm saying you must be sure that the doubts and questions are your own, not, so to speak, the mustache and walking stick that happens to be the fashion of any particular moment.

posted at 10:21 PM


Friday, March 03, 2006

Yellowing Paper, Stiffening Glue and the Sudden Demise of a Library - New York Times: But nothing meters the passing of time like paperback books.

posted at 11:27 AM

Guardian Unlimited Books | News | The only true painting of Shakespeare - probably

posted at 11:22 AM

John McCutcheon--The Music

posted at 8:13 AM


Thursday, March 02, 2006

going on tonight ... Rev. Joseph Maguire, SJ Social Justice Lectures: 'What Would a Christian University Look Like?
Some Tentative Answers, Inspired by Wendell Berry' with Stanley Hauerwas

posted at 7:25 PM

deviantART: NoOnesLamerlocke

posted at 3:22 PM

Church as Icon of the Future ...
Humankind seen from within this story is meant to be here - we are not a pimple on the bum of the universe. It is an enobling, inspiring and energizing story.

posted at 3:07 PM

Illichville Home Page

posted at 2:07 PM

Brilliant Button Maker by

posted at 1:07 PM


Wednesday, March 01, 2006

just today realized that the mail box on my home page hasn't been coded right ... so any messages sent from it in at least the last month ... and olmost certainly longer ... did not come through ... and you thought i was being rude by not responding ... when in fact i just didn't know you were trying to say anything ... please try again

posted at 7:08 PM

ashes to ashes ... dust to dust

posted at 3:12 PM

I am against bigness and greatness in all their forms, and with the invisible molecular forces that work from individual to individual, stealing in through the crannies of the world like so many soft rootlets, or like the capillary oozing of water, and yet rending the hardest monuments of man's pride, if you give them time. The bigger the unit you deal with, the hollower, the more brutal, the more mendacious is the life displayed.

... William James (1842-1910), The Letters of William James, vol. 2 (1920). Letter to Mrs. Henry Whitman, 7 June 1899 ... (thanks, scott)

posted at 3:09 PM


Tuesday, February 28, 2006

True Learning, True Teaching Seminars for Illinois Teachers

posted at 8:30 PM

what happened to monday ...

posted at 1:01 PM


Sunday, February 26, 2006

back from an afternoon at Doc Annis's wake ... met up with mom & meg & beth & rihab ... found mike greenwell in from s.f. .. ran into a handful of past students ... charlie d. ... kevin o. ... and of course the wonderful annis clan ... compliments of doc and steph ... can't remember when i last met mike & tim ... we were kids ... ach ... but now i'm old & tired & am staring down the barrell of another monday ... and there's plenty to do before then ... more when i'm more ... coherent

posted at 9:13 PM


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