"Judge not lest ye be judged..."
E L S E W H E R E
Sober As A Judge
© 1997-02 GSIS
To explain the world by means of the unknowable, to extract great secrets from the text of unknowing, to describe our beginnings and our ends with words as fragile as the paper they are written upon is the sweeping mystery we call theology. Its eager practitioners go by many names, products of their time and their timing, their charisma, ambitions, struggles of pragmaticism and sheer folly. History is the bloodstained robe judging the theology of yesterday and tomorrow shed without mercy. Yet today we still storm forth in great numbers to embrace these judgement matrices, sparing ourselves no personal blindness, no untoward faith. Hope springeth eternal as the machinery of man's attempt to manipulate this world grinds forward to the emerging dystopian nightmares on the one sleeve, the proud utopian society politely embroidered on the other. Hope for escape. Hope for redemption. Hope for renewal of supposed past glories. This hope is the foundation of theology's passionately-guarded if rather corruptible spiritual residence.|
The study of creation and extinction, joy and pain, right and wrong: what a tapestry of rules and morality configurations we are sold with which to judge ourselves and, better yet, to judge and condemn all others who might disagree with us on matters far beyond any handsome proof or circumspection. If not in this lifetime, then in some other projected scheme of things deemed so unlike this current affair we often call blasphemous the myriad of hapless attempts many have struggled with, gasping for life and artistry to describe that new haunting place of full understanding and an even fuller, untainted peace.|
The late eighteenth century English poet William Blake once wrote: "Nature teaches nothing of Spiritual Life but only of Natural Life." Modern theologians, despite great criticism from the more literal minded of their brethren under God, particularly in the West, have tried to merge the latest summations of science with the arcaneries of their faith so as to encourage the populations to breathe the critical messages of goodwill toward man and planet, nourish themselves on a few religious traditions and lore-inspired festivities, while letting go of outdated superstitions and dogma not truly meshing well with the modern psyche. |
Theosplatz therefore maintain a heavy influence on the individual conscience and behavior, as could be expected. Since the 1960s there has been a great falling away from the instructional influences of organized religion, and many will suggest the apparent crumbling of the social fabric in the western world has been as result of this falling away. Others would emphatically disagree and restate the situation in completely different terms.      --GT|