Man and Sin by Piet Schoonenberg (1964) 2.3 BAJ

[Reason itself does not require grace. Or does it?

Since I, seat of choice3V, contextualizes the heart2, and since the heart is contextualized by the mirror of the world3H, then reason may (inadvertently) open the person to the influence of grace through the horizontal normal context.

Reason may change the heart2 just enough that the person’s intuition1H may feel grace-filled inspiration.]


Man and Sin by Piet Schoonenberg (1964) 2.3 BAF

Summary of text [comment] page 88

[The vertical axis is not unaffected.

The vertical axis intersects with the horizontal in the single actuality containing ‘my choice2V and something2H’.

The single actuality of ‘my heart2’ parallels ‘what I see2’.

‘I, seat of choice3V’, encounters new ‘possibilities inherent in something that I may choose1V’.]


Man and Sin by Piet Schoonenberg (1964) 2.3 BAD

Summary of text [comment] page 88

[Or maybe, grace can directly influence the potential inherent in me.

The original Old Testament notion of the ‘flesh’ as opposed to the ‘blood and bones’ reminds me of this. The flesh may yearn for what is reflected in the mirror of the world. That yearning yields bondage.

But the blood and bones yearn for God. Their yearning is for freedom. They yearn for the warmth of the divine light. They yearn to stand before the Lord.]


Man and Sin by Piet Schoonenberg (1964) 2.3 BAA

Summary of text [comment] page 88

[At this point, I am ready to imagine how grace fits into the intersecting nested forms of the thought experiment where ‘I choose something’.

I am tempted to envision the gift of the Holy Spirit as indwelling in thirdness on the horizontal scale, ‘the thought experiment3H’.

The Holy Spirit parallels ‘the source and nature of the light3H.]