Man and Sin by Piet Schoonenberg (1964) 2.3 XO

[Modernism fixates on the rules of non-contradiction.

And now, 50 years after Schoonenberg wrestled with a Zeitgeist full of false dichotomies, the modern way of thought is dying.

Long dismissed religious and philosophical ideas spring to life.

The concept of the nested form may seem new and bizarre.

But it is not new.

The premoderns wrote according to the nested form without explicitly knowing the structure of the nested form.

Soon enough, the category-based nested form will become routine.

Then, people will look back at the divided moderns and wonder:

How could they have been so stupid?]


Man and Sin by Piet Schoonenberg (1964) 2.3 XH

[Throughout history, Christian believers wrestled with heresies that focused on certain relational elements while ignoring the other elements. These heresies distorted the big picture.

Impressions that something was lacking were confirmed by subsequent events.

For example, many heresies often have a way of making some people look better and others look less.

Subsequent events confirm these impressions.]


Man and Sin by Piet Schoonenberg (1964) 2.3 XF

[A good example is found in my work:

Comments on Wayne Proudfoot’s Book (1986) Religious Experience

Dr. Proudfoot (writing in the 1980s) eagerly takes Schleiermacher (writing in the 1800s) to task. In order to demonstrate cause and effect in the religious experience, Proudfoot inadvertently selects a few elements out of a three-level interscope. He neglects all other elements.

Of course, if I selected any two elements in the nine-element matrix, I could declare that one element caused the other (provided that the seven other elements remained constant). This is not false. However, this would be deceptive. My selection would neglect all the other elements in the interscope.

Dr. Proudfoot was awarded a book award from the American Academy for Religion for his efforts.]


Man and Sin by Piet Schoonenberg (1964) 2.3 XE

Summary of text [comment] pages 86 and 87

[Each of these models exhibits a simple relational structure.

The relational structure illustrates how difficult discussions of various topics, such as freedom, can be.

Imagine a thinker focusing on one structural element to the exclusion of other elements.

This is especially easy to imagine when the one thinker is trying to show how another thinker is wrong.]


Man and Sin by Piet Schoonenberg (1964) 2.3 VT

[What happens if the modest proposal is never considered?

The federal government has already established a sovereign religion. This religion lays words (obligations) upon the people in the name of a multitude of organizational objectives.

They have maintained transfer payments through shady accounting. They borrow 4 dollars for every 10 they spend.

The religion of big government (il)liberalism is a false religion.]