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The Passion of the Western Mind III

We have been reading and discussing Richard Tarnas' book The Passion of the Western Mind: Understanding the Ideas that Have Shaped Our World View. This discussion will be on Part IV, The Transformation of the Medieval Era. Please note that this meeting is occurring only two weeks after our last last meeting instead of the usual three. But then, the reading is only 2/3's as long as the last one. However, we expect you to read 3/3's of this section and show up with 4/3's of the usual enthusiasm. Seriously. We will be using our enthusiasmeter.

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  • Curt H.

    Unlike last time, the conversation never really seemed to take off. But it was still a very pleasant evening with some very pleasant people.

    September 16, 2013

  • Jon A.

    I was sad when I couldn't join you all. Here are a few questions I came away with from this last reading:

    "The Neoplatonic corpus implied the existence of a universal religion, of which Christianity was perhaps the ultimate but not the only manifestation."
    Q: why does this idea seem so troubling for Christianity?

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    Q: how important is human fear for the care an maintenance of Christianity?

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    "[Aquinas] was convinced of an ultimate identity between being and knowledge."
    Question: why was knowledge of good and evil off-limits in the Garden?

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    "Creatures have existence; God is existence."
    Q: does this statement in any way disagree with Buddhism?

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    "only if man were genuinely free could he be capable of freely loving God, of freely realizing his exalted spiritual destiny."
    Q: so how might we avoid the traps of organized religion?

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    September 10, 2013

    • Curt H.

      Hey, Jon. I hope you aren't expecting short, succinct answers to your questions. I don't think there are any. But if you -- and anyone else interested -- would like to have lunch sometime to discuss them, that would be good.

      September 12, 2013

    • Jon A.

      Nope, didn't expect replies. But short, succinct efforts are worth a try. To the extent anyone considers a question useful.

      September 12, 2013

  • Jim

    The group and ideas being discussed sound very interesting. If I attend I'll be more of a passive observer b/c I just don't have time for anything else on my reading list. Would that be acceptable?
    Jim

    September 8, 2013

    • Steve M.

      The size limit is 12. Right now 7 have RSVPd so there are 5 openings. I suspect if you show up, no one will toss you out.

      September 9, 2013

    • Curt H.

      The organizer(s) can specify a limit on the number of attendees if they choose. We have ours set at 12. I want everyone who wishes to share their ideas to have the chance to do so.

      September 9, 2013

  • Steve M.

    I promised I'd show up if the meeting was switched to the 9th.

    August 28, 2013

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