Friday, August 25, 2023

Dashed Off XXVI

This begins the notebook that was started at the end of December 2022.

 Every kind of measurement has a 'focus' and therefore struggles away from that focus, either by defect (e.g., too small or too short) or by excess (e.g., too large or too long); since probabilities are measures, this is true of probabilities as well.

divine presence
--1. incircumscribable
-- -- a. atemporal
-- -- b. immense/infinite
-- 2. as over (power)
-- 3. as with (knowledge)
-- 4. as that from which (goodness)

Other monotheistic religions hold that we must give ourselves to God, but Christianity holds that we must also give God to God.

If your Mariology is correct, you should be able to derive all essentials of Christology from it.

Those who do not hold to the supernatural will sink into the subnatural.

"This is the chief glory of the devout, that they glory in the Lord and do not love themselves except in God." Prosper of Aquitane
"It is in our own best interest to hold that all good things, especially those conducive to eternal life, are obtained through God's favor, increased through God's favor, and preserved through God's favor."
"Merit begins with grace, which was itself unmerited."
"Grace has now submitted to the sceptre of the Cross of Christ many peoples whom Rome could not subject with her arms; though Rome by her primacy of the apostolic priesthood has become greater as teh citadel of religion than as the seat of power."
"The beginning of life is the commencement of death. No sooner do we advance in age than we start to decline."
"Virtue is nonexistent with men who do not wish to be virtuous, and you cannot say that men could have faith or hope or charity, if they refuse their free consent to these virtues."
"Though no man has any good which he was not given by God, yet not all are resplendent with the same virtues or endowed with the same gratuitous gifts."
"God grants to His elect whom He chose without any merit of their own, the means to gain merit."
"God's grace does not make anyone proof against temptation."

Hypocrisy works like crime accounting: two sets of books.

In any field, that which one can demonstratively prove is a mere framework or skeleton of the field as a whole.

"Pater (fons et principium Deitatis) est persona producens tantum; Filius est persona et producta et producens; Spiritus sanctus est persona producta tantum." Gerhard (Loc Th. 1 loc. 5 de Deo patr. cap. 4)

Testimony is based on love, whether of what is discussed or those whom we discuss them with or true things or ourselves.

The malicious you will always have with you.

Eden depicts a state of the world functioning as a complement of the human person as made in the image of God.

Everyone has some kind of right to fulfill a genuine obligation that genuinely applies to them.

Understanding a distinction requires situating oneself so as to be able to make it.

"A religion above or below controversy is a religion without results. A religion which finds nothing in man to fetter or to contradict is not a religion at all. I fthe presence of controversy is not of itself the *criterion* of the truth of a doctrine, a doctrine which excites no contradiction lacks one of the characters of truth." Alexandre Vinet

Through form we gain substance, through works of the hand we do works of the heart, through matter we reason to spirit, through image we understand reality, through the temporary we discover the permanent.

the Church as the perpetual recollection of the consummatum est

transubstantiation in Eucharist // transcapitation of the human race in redemption

We often find the sublime in things of common sense.

A 'vibe' is a context of comprehensibility.

forgiveness as a jural act (release from obligation)

A descriptive statement in one context may be an evaluative one in another and vice versa.

What is counted as important is always relative to habitus.

"Quia enim ipse est actus purus, et ideo ens dividitur per actum et potentiam." Scotus

pure act as the explanans for potentiality as such

Suarez on ceremonies (sacramentals): exterior religious actions, or circumstances or conditions thereof, instituted for the adornment or for due worship in the sacraments or sacrifice

Human beings are consoled or devastated by seeing themselves as signs.

the episcopal character as a vicariate modality of priesthood; the bishop is elevated as such precisely to be a successor of the apostles

What is sensed is sensed as reminiscent of other things, as suggestive of other things in the imagination, as inspiring or affecting sensibility, as intentionally valued for practical action. These can only be disentangled by a theory of the faculties or internal senses; without such a theory being applied, our sensations are received as nonatomic and nonseparate, as already having all these aspects.

Local tradition in Durmelzier holds that Merlin was imprisoned in a riverbank tree (whitethorn) by Mortan le Fay there; or lese buried on the haugh on the east/right bank of Tweed, north of Drumelzier Church.
-- There is a single standing stone in Drumelzier. 
-- Tehre is another stone in nearby Stobo, called teh Altar Stone, that has claw-like markings said to have been made by a witch who turned into a hare when being hunted by Merlin.

reasonable actions for public purpose, performed with authorization, for which fair notice has been given

Very methodical and logic-driven approaches to arguing can be disrupted by very imaginative approaches; very imaginative approaches can be disrupted by very evidence-driven approaches; very evidence-driven approaches can be disrupted by very methodical and logic-driven approaches.

Midsummer Night's Dream takes place in the gap between love's aspiration and love's motivation.
It ends witht he weaving together or interlacing of the realm of men and the fairy realm.

Haste never has fortune on its side.

Some things may be forgiven and forgotten. But other things are such that one must repeatedly forgive them, for their impact is still ongoing.

Assists to the moral life
(1) human sympathy and sociability
(2) practical calculation
(3) honor and shame
(4) good taste

the transsignification and transfinalization of the human race

The Eucharist heals not merely our sins but to some extent also our stupidities.

Use of evidence is a particular case of proportioning means to ends. Evidence is a means of inquiry and has no meaning outside the context of an inquiry.

All culture is a collaboration with the dead.

In game theory, backward induction is often just showing us the way in which tunnel vision can be useful in a tunnel.

Love is the ultimate source of alternative possibilities.

love as the highest form of the self-diffusiveness of the good

vadiatio legis (wager of law)
oaths de fidelitate & oaths de credulitate

principle of fidelity // principle of credulity

the Eucharist as intensifying the effects of other sacraments

the sacramental economy as exemplate of divine wisdom

participating in the sacraments as development of a system of doctrinal plausibilities

"Democracy is difficult, and it is made more difficult because many who call themselves democrats are totalitarians in disguise." Sidney Hook

Hume's Treatise Bk 3 as a psychology of law

Exodus 23:4-5 on the importance of basic civil relations

Love is rooted in simplicity; the less composite and divided the person, the greater the capacity to love.

The worst sort of murderer is the self-justifying murderer.

Verum-factum convertibility applies insofar as we are talking about human reason; our reasoning understands and knows truth by making it actual to ourselves.

The more we understand a truth, the more other truths we know in that truth.

ren as co-humanity

"Love cannot be rightly ordered unless the proper goal of our hope is established; nor can this happen if knowledge of the truth is lacking." Aquinas

"Man understands himself only when he realizes that he is the one to whom God communicates himself." Rahner

In evangelism we cannot save the soul of another; we can only cast out the net or line and see if they are ready to come up.

The major sacraments have both an intrinsic and extrinsic causality; the fomer does not exclude the latter.

Aristotle Met 5.2 (1013b) on instrumental causality

A cause principiates possibilities.

"None but God can cause grace: since grace is nothing else than a participated likeness of divine nature." Aquinas

Titus 3:5 and the instrumentality of the sacraments

To have a holy book is to have the beginning of a culture.

Human redemption, to be appropriate to humanity, needs to involve incorporation into a story.

Human beings are never not narrativizing.

Scripture is so rich it is impossible to keep it all in view; we all read it somewhat flatly, although this is not the same as reading it incorrectly.

the ecclesia of the demos of God

gregarious activity -> congregarious activity -> organized cooperation

the sacramental economy as a whole as depciting the whole providential economy

All kinds of love have some resemblances to prayers.

To be a Christian is to be an insurgent in a darkness-riddled world.

endurance & force (dromos and bia) as elements of the beauty of youth

cachinnation: violent, excessive laughter
umbo: boss, knob, projection of shield

Being an adult is having been intellectually nourished in a complete way.

There is an odd tendency to assume that stated preferences that conflict with revealed preferences are not real preferences, when it is often the case that they are merely long-term or indirectly supported real preferences.

One of the very important things private property rights do is provide sensible tokens and symbols of other rights.

the sacrament of reconciliation as a practice of humility

Buddhism as palliative care

It's essential to the resilience of an economic system for people to have access to a variety of energy sources, so that there is no energy bottleneck.

the corpsification of the virtues
-- it is prudence that prevents this by guiding appropriate actions so that the virtue operates in a way that completes it.
-- see James 2 on faith

"Whatsoever is set down in the New Testament explicitly and openly as a point of faith, is contained in the Old Testametn as a matter of belief, but implicitly, under a figure." Aquinas

the analogy between general relativity and the optics of lenses

Language is a soup of residual fragments of philosophies.

Kant's argument that existence is not a predicate confuses existence in particular and being in general.

"Only God's knowledge of himself is glory in the full sense, because he has perfect and clearest knowledge of himself." Aquinas

wisdom as capturing the potential of what is

glossolalia as a sign of ineffability; interpetation of tongues as a sign of revelation

The multiplicity of styles in Scripture attests to the faith being confined to no one aesthetic style.

modal logic as adaptive logic

the virtue of equity as concerned with common right: something may be right considered only on its own, but in context a poor fit for what is right for us in common and relationally

'habeas corpus' pragmatic arguments against skepticisms
'quo warranto' pragmatic arguments against dogmatisms

One occasionally may have moral obligations as of being in a role, even if one is not in that role; this happens at times with spousal (e.g., between people who are not actually married) or parental and filial obligations, and it can happen elsewhere, as well.

If you feel like you are sacrificing your happiness, you never had it to begin with.