Monday, October 22, 2007


"Our life is a faint tracing on the surface of mystery, like the idle, curved tunnels of leaf miners on the face of a leaf. We must somehow take a wider view, look at the whole landscape, really see it, and describe what's going on here."
- Annie Dillard


Paul said...

Kermit the Frog wonders if you teeter on the brink of panentheism or even pantheism... (it makes sense in light of my current post...)

(I am using a Paul Martin icon.)

Simon Barrow said...

No... Annie is using a metaphor not making a metaphysical statement!

Panentheism (the notion that God is embodied in all of life without being exhausted by it) has a lot to commend it, but some real problems, which have been identified by Ruth Page in 'Ambiguity & The Presence of God' (SCM) and elsewhere. I generally think that the phenomenology and linguistic philosophy routes into God-talk are better than metaphysical propositions which rely too strongly on analogies of being. Apophosis comes first.

And I am most definitely not a pantheist, as should be clear from pretty much anything I've written about religion!

Stay green, Kermit! ;)