Arquivo para January 3rd, 2019

Culture and christianity

03 Jan

One of the strong claims of modern scientists is the openness of thought to spirituality, to the metaphysical universe and to the mystery that even the most skeptical must recognize, more than 90% of the universe which is mass and dark energy are unknown.
Contemporary culture has separated the so-called scientific knowledge, but it is also cultural, of theological, spiritual and Christian knowledge, it has not always been so, and dialogue is always possible.
Even before the Roman period, they are Gregory Nazianzen (icon inside), was knowledgeable of Hellenism and the cultivator of ancient culture within Christian culture, so it was called Gregory Theologian, logos is study and so some systematics and methodology were necessary.
Gregory was born in Arianzo, in Cappadocia, near Nazianzo, he and his brother studied rhetoric and philosophy and then studied in Alexandria and Athens.
When we speak of rites of Nicaea and Constantinople, we are making the schisms of his time, and at the Council of Constantinople (381 AD), and it that Gregory was called by his archbishop to lead the attempt to unify the Christian faith at the Council of Antioch in 368 AD, and discuss the Trinity.
In the theological field beyond the contribution to the understanding of the Holy Spirit, for whom he coined a new word which was the “procession,” in his words: “The Holy Spirit is really a Spirit, truly coming from the Father, but not in the Son, for it is not by generation but by ‘procession’, “for this the Nicene-Constantonopolitan rite and creed are different.
But his theology, which is more compatible with the present day, will postpone it, the belief that at the end of time God will put all creation in harmony with the Kingdom of Heaven, compatible with the ideas of Teilhard Chardin and theologians who approach the sacred from the “profane”.
His concrete contribution to the contemporary world and the crisis of modernity is the vision of “active vita” and “contemplative vita” as unseen realities, and that the current philosopher Byung-Chull Han uses word to analyze the current society that claims to be the ” fatigue “by the absence of the contemplative vita.
The contemporary world has its own asceticism of the body, of idealism or of a faith without any spirituality, which Peter Sloterdijk calls “desispiritualizada”, made only of exercises, or as we prefer without interiorization.

The world that tried to break free of superstitions fell into the most ridiculous forms: throwing pebbles in a well, bathing in salt, wearing certain colors at the beginning of the year, avoiding black cats and even more ridiculous, “sapere aude” became “sapere ad ineptias” (knowing silly things).
Gregory Nazianzen rescued us.