Sunday, January 16, 2011

Curing tuberculosis with consumption

"Far from constituting an alternative to modernity, Baroque Thomism is the most quintessentially modern theology imaginable.  To think that one could defeat the pathogens of human voluntarism by retreating to what is in effect a limitless divine voluntarism is rather like thinking one could cure tuberculosis with consumption."

David Bentley Hart, "Impassibility of transcendence:  on the infinite innocence of God," in Divine impassibility and the mystery of human suffering, ed. James F. Keating and Thomas Joseph White (Grand Rapids, MI:  Eerdmans, 2009), 320 (299-323).  P. 317 to the end is simply blistering.  Great stuff.  Though not to be interpreted in such a way as to turn the authentically transcendent God of pure love into the domesticated, namby-pamby God of so much of the pablum that passes for theology today.

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