Wednesday, September 12, 2007

From Averroës to Cusanus to finally Shelling

In his conclusion "Poetics of the Possible God" Kearney ties two general premises of the book together. The first is his attempt to retrieve an alternate hermeneutic of the possible; and the second is the concept of Godplay in this possibility.
First, Kearney looks at various philosophers from Averroës to Cusanus to finally Shelling in an attempt to explain the possible in a way that allows for the eschatological hope of the possible. Kearney sees "the divine Creator transfiguring our being into a can-be", a being capable of creating and recreating anew meanings in our world, without determining the actual content of our creating or doing the actual creating for us." (p.102). This openness of God is revealed in a new hermeneutical understanding of the trinity, "The Father might thus be re-envisages as the loving-possible which transfigures the Son and Spirit and is transfigured by them in turn." (p. 106)
This inner Trinitarian transfiguration plays finally into Kearney?s understanding of Godplay. God and humanity are in an eschatological play of possibility, the possibility of the Kingdom never fully possessed. The Trinity is understood in the Eastern Church as a sacred dance or perichoresis. Kearney holds that this dance is the God-play into which the Triune invites humanity to partake. Posted by geoff holsclaw

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