Sunday, August 14, 2016

Theology Is the Art of the Possible

[This was a fun one. A few reruns while the Bear recovers from his literary labors.] In a speech before South Korean officials, Pope Francis paraphrased Otto von Bismark by saying, "Diplomacy is the art of the possible." The original Bismark quote is "Politics is the art of the possible." The Bear's brain-gears whirred for a few minutes, then he made the connection: Evita!

High ranking officers play a series of games starting with musical chairs until only one is left (Juan Peron). The lyrics go something like (not exactly like) this:



PRELATES
One has no rules
Is not precise
One rarely acts
The same way twice
One spurns no device
Practicing the art of the possible

One always picks
The easy fight
One praises fools
One smothers light
one shifts left to right
It's part of the art of the possible

THE BEAR (on the air)
I'm only a blogger, in fact I'm a Bear
But as a pewsitter I wanted to share
We are tired of
the decline of
Our Church
with no sign of
A Vatican able to give us the things we deserve

PRELATES
One always claims
Mistakes were planned
When risk is slight
One takes one's stand
With much sleight of hand
Theology--the art of the possible

One has no rules
Is not precise
One rarely acts
The same way twice
One spurns no device
Theology--the art of the possible




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    1. It isn't original, so I figured it wouldn't be encroaching on your special territory :-)

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  2. Hey the Bear is actually Long Skirts! lol...the Bear unmasked! :)

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  3. Neo-modernist "theology" is the art of the possible.

    Sorry that I am taking up your comment box but since you identified the problem, might as well understand it's genesis.

    John Lamont explains here:

    "This thesis requires a revision of the notion of truth. The traditional understanding of truth is that of Aristotle, who described truth as saying of what is, that it is. The neomodernists, due to their historical perspectivism, did not think that the theology and dogma of previous epochs could satisfy this understanding, but they did not want to dismiss them as false. They accordingly held that dogma was true, but that its truth could not be understood in Aristotle's sense. Garrigou-Lagrange saw them as reviving the philosopher Maurice Blondel's rejection of the traditional definition of truth as bringing the mind into conformity with reality ('adaequatio rei et intellectus') in favour of an account of truth as bringing thought into line with life ('adaequatio realis mentis et vitae'). While this definition of truth was not explicitly stated by the neomodernists, the importance of Blondel for their thought makes this interpretation a plausible one; Bouillard, for example, wrote extensively and approvingly on Blondel.12 What they did explicitly assert was that the truth of past dogmatic pronouncements does not consist in their being an accurate description of reality, and that a theology that was not relevant to the present day ('actuel') was untrue.

    The neomodernist position, when stated clearly, is not liable to attract many people. Although its conception of truth has been defended by the pragmatist school of philosophy, most lay opinion agrees with the majority of philosophical opinion in rejecting the pragmatist understanding of truth. In addition, no great philosophical expertise is needed to see that the historical perspectivism of the neomodernists is self-refuting. Historical perspectivism is a universal philosophical claim about the nature of human concepts and human knowledge, a claim that is presented as being true for all people at all times, and as being known to be true by the neomodernists. But such a claim contradicts historical perspectivism itself, which denies the possibility of knowledge of this sort. The success of neomodernism thus seems mystifying, and requires explanation."

    http://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2015/01/a-christmastide-gift-for-our-readers.html

    PS Speaking of objective truth, the MC is still light infantry. :-)

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    1. I shall concede your point on light infantry when you show me a Marine with an LCAC in his pocket ;-) Truly, I have had Marine clients, and they were always the best.

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