Friday, January 25, 2008
Saturday, January 19, 2008
Tentative proposal title: "Disproportionality: Viewing the Problem of Evil through Ricoeur's Concept of Fallibility"
This paper examines and critiques the traditional Christian ("Augustinian") account of original or primordial sin/evil through the lens of Ricoeur's concept of fallibility. Rather than condensing the origin of all sin and evil into the first willful choice of a free being felled by pride, Ricoeur's hypothesis of the "fallible man" consists of a "disproportionality" within the person, and this fallibility is the "constitutional weakness" that makes evil possible for humanity.
I will suggest that Ricoeur's view provides Christian theology with a valuable approach to the theological and philosophical problem of evil; one that mediates between Augustinian and Irenaean ideas, avoids some of the potential pitfalls that plague traditional theodicies, and coheres more effectively to our current understanding of persons and of the natural world.
Saturday, January 5, 2008
If we have been made "free indeed" in Christ, why do we continue to live in bondage to that which enslaves us? Because freedom cannot be forced, that’s why. Freedom must be lived into, but living into freedom requires actually believing that the freedom we are stepping into is more real than the bondage that provides comfort and a way of coping with life's uncertainties. It is much easier to step back into a slavery that is real and comfortable than a freedom that remains a mystery. In this sense, anything - even one's religion - can be a form of bondage. Clearly, this is not to say that we do not desire freedom. But we are caught in a dilemma which we cannot easily see: Though we long to be free, it is far easier to remain in a world that "makes sense" and provides "stability" than it is to risk stepping into the mystery of potential freedom. My prayer is that I would be more willing to take the risk of freedom in 2008 and in the coming years...