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Systemizing Reality

3 May 2016


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It has come to my attention that I have developed an interest in analyzing the “systems” present in many different facets of life.  While It would follow that many things in life do have an absolute design and structure, the pursuit of exhaustive comprehension of a subject reveal other serious questions — such as whether we are capable of knowing such things exhaustively or not.  The art of elucidating subject matter is profoundly helpful, but therein lies the frustrating dilemma of where is boundaries of one subject, and the beginnings of another?  How much other information is yet undiscovered?  These are the ontological questions that plague the investigative pursuit of a fact-based system.  Facts are facts until they are falsified.  There is a right and healthy rationality to standing on the falsification of prior knowledge for broadening the established body of knowledge, however, this technique leaves room for error.  Some elements of life remain unveiled to us.

It is accepted as a part of our finite minds that we don’t have it all charted out yet.  This is, in fact, part of the adventure.  In the contemplation of Christian theological systems, such as the ever-popular Calvinism, Arminianism, the less popular Pelagianism, the lesser known Thomism, or the obscure Arianism, it is prudent to accept that well-accepted fact of literature: Every analogy breaks down at some point.  These systems are, at best, meant to draw pictures representing what God and His creation is, and how they function.  They don’t catch every minute jot and tittle of Scripture, and even the recognized Canon of Scripture itself is representative of God; rather then all of His word.  It is prudent and wise to accept certain systems; certain perspectives or interpretations of Scripture without locking down a hard grasp, which would be unhealthy.  Certain elements of Christianity have always been conservative (universal doctrines we all share of God and His Son in the world), and others have others have been liberal (i.e. Martin Luther standing against the Roman Catholic Church, or Jesus standing against the Sanhedrin).

The advance of God’s Kingdom has been through both holding on to what is good, and by renouncing what is sour and unhealthy.  Part of a healthy system is growth, even though growth can be logically observed and predicted, it does remain stagnant.  It is from a rushing river, or babbling brook that drinkable water is retrieved.  Part of the adventure is found in the rigid structure of the tradition, the other is found in experience.  Both can be rooted back to our Creator God.

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