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"I see little point in persisting in a discussion with one so obstinate as you" Martin White

Saturday, August 14, 2004

God is dead.


Listening to God is probably the toughest thing you can ever attempt to do. But then it might just be the easiest as well (paradoxes again!). I've started meditation recently - easy in the fact that it is simply sitting silently before God in a wordless and thoughtless prayer. But then it is difficult in the fact that it is sitting silently before God in a wordless and thoughtless prayer.


Paradox has been springing up a lot recently. And so I sat on my bed and as if from no-ware I found an expressive attempt to deal with via negativa, the logos incarnate, and theological tension. A drawing together of these threads, after my the recent public thinking here, came to me in a rush. So I quickly wrote this non-vision down, as you would. Make of it what you will, but I’m extremely pleased with this exploration of the visual with the medium of words:

God is dead – the ongoing sequel


Blogger Andy said...

The ultimate paradox is that in attempting to transcribe a non-vision and a negative, you have actually written a very visual poem. We start the poem not with an absence but with an icon, a picture, something so tangible. Throughout the poem, you're looking at pictures, people and scenery. All this seeing leads you up to the final few lines, when everything tangible, except yourself and John, are washed away. You exclaim 'how I saw!' but there is nothing but a shadow. So, we're not see what you see, perhaps you're not even sure yourself. However, at this point it doesn't even matter. The act of seeing becomes everything - the age old global metaphor for religious discovery. Awake from sleep, leave the grave, be cured of blindness, open your eyes and SEE.

3:34 PM  
Blogger camille said...

seeing and not seeing - the ultimate paradox, yes
being as an act of allowing as opposed to action....visions flow out and if you're lucky enough stays long enough to create art, a piece of music, a poem
i love the picture
am stealing it to put on my blog if you don't mind
transcend...allow god/spirit/creator to flow right through

3:39 PM  
Blogger camille said...

and remember....nietzche only said god is dead because man killed him
a critical point we tend to ignore

3:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i just posted a comment on your poem over on Talkback...

again, though, the motif here is interesting to me... the death of our perceptions and interpretations of God, and the rising of the Divine Other in it's stead...
something i may well addd my ponderings to, when they are somewhat closer to coherant...

and, finally, this entry is testament to the way my mind copes with Codeing errors... i go to sleep no closer to a solution, and when i wake up it all falls into place nicely...
it's something of a rule....


6:42 PM  
Blogger postliberal said...

These comments are ~excellent~. Thanks a lot everyone, they make it seem like I had something to say in it. I feel quite hopeful with possibility it must be said, and the responces flesh that out the journey into the concealed future...

1:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nietzche said what? I have never explored that interesting concept, Poster Camille. Can you further explain yourself?

5:38 PM  

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