By G. Pattison
Can theology nonetheless function within the void of post-theism? In trying to resolution this question Agnosis examines the concept that of the void itself, tracing a heritage of nothingness from Augustine via Kierkegaard and Nietzsche to Bataille and Derrida, and dialoguing with Japan's Kyoto university philosophers. it really is argued that neither Augustinian nor post-Hegelian metaphysics have given a passable realizing of nothingness and that we needs to glance to an event of nothingness because the most sensible flooring for destiny non secular existence and concept.
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Not yet established in that perfect peace in which death shall be swallowed up in victory' (APW, p. 255). In this intermediate state, even though we have withdrawn our consent to sin, we still lack the power to overcome it. Indeed, in a sense, conversion intensifies the predicament of the divided self. For the turning of the will, through grace, towards the good sharpens the conflict between the different factors in the situation. For, though still subject to carnal lust (meaning by this an active perversion of the self rather than the vehemence of bodily desires), the 'spiritual' self refuses its consent to such lust; though 'free from the consent of depraved lusts' Paul and the other Apostles 'still groaned concerning the lust of the flesh, which they bridled by restraint with such humility and piety, that they desired rather not to have it than to overcome it' (APW, p.
True' nothingness, however, is something else again. It has no place in creation. It is 'inimical to', 'in opposition to' God and 'demands on our part ... '50 Yet how can anything exist which is thus opposed to the will of God who is the sole Creator and originator of all that is? 'Only God and His creature really and properly are. But nothingness is neither God nor His creature' (CD III/3, p. 349). ). ). Having previously acknowledged that with regard to this particular question 'the 40 Agnosis: Theology in the Void necessary brokenness of all theological thought and utterance' are especially manifest (CD III/3, p.
Nonetheless, the systematic nature of Hegel's thought itself means that these texts can take us some considerable distance towards illuminating the decisively 'Hegelian' understanding of nothingness - and of the implications of that understanding for both philosophy and theology. HEGEL: LOGIC In The Science of Logic Hegel begins with the concept of science (wissen) itself. This concept assumes the unity of subject and object in an act of knowing (wissen) in abstraction from any particular content or contents.