Thoughts on Man and Sin by Piet Schoonenberg (1964) 1.3D

Summary of text [comment] page 18

Jesus demands that the Law of God be observed.  He also wants us to interiorize it.  Jesus equates hatred and impure desires with murder and adultery (Mark 7:21).

[Thinkgroup3(__2(consciencelacking1)) opportunistically seeks situations that strongly appeals to our dispositions1.  Some dispositions will react so strongly, that we cannot help but hear what “we want to hear”, just like Life Woman in An Archaeology of the Fall.

These dispositions are as varied as the transgressions that situate them.

Consequently, for Scripture, hatred and impure desires are not merely dispositions.  They are dispositions coupled with thinkgroup3(sin2(consciencelacking1)).

They are trained dispositions.]


Thoughts on Man and Sin by Piet Schoonenberg (1964) 1.3C

Summary of text [comment] page 17

[Can the word “sinful” apply to our dispositions in the same way that it might apply to our consciencespecified?  What is the connection between dispositions and consciencespecified?  Since both belong to the monadic realm of possibility, they may be distinguished but not separated.  They play on one another.

Certain complementary pairs of consciencelacking and dispositions will be situated (and habituated) by sinful acts.  Certain complementary pairs of consciencefree and dispositions will be situated (and habituated) by virtuous acts.

Since dispositions fix on partial goods and since consciencespecified is brought into relation with action through thinkgroup_or_divine, partial goods become the focus of sinful and virtuous acts.

This highlights the issue of training the dispositions.]


Thoughts on Man and Sin by Piet Schoonenberg (1964) 1.3B

Summary of text [comment] page 17

Schoonenberg added, that in Scripture, the concept of “the heart” as “the origin of sin” matured.   Both the story of the sin in paradise (Genesis 3) and Job (31) portray sinful thoughts and desires.

Sinful thoughts and wishes are the first steps towards sinful actions.

[To me, Schoonenberg, writing solely in verse, ranges over distinctions that appear in bold in the intersecting nested forms.

“Thoughts and wishes” mark the “conscience and dispositions”.

Without consciencelacking, sin cannot situate the dispositions.]


Thoughts on Man and Sin by Piet Schoonenberg (1964) 1.3A

Summary of text [comment] pages 16 & 17

Section 3 of Chapter 1 is titled “Sin Proceeds from Our Freedom”.

Sin is a voluntary transgression [that is, it involves conscience].

But this is not evident in the Old Testament, where the focus is on religion, rather than psychology.

Here, “freedom” is a sociological concept, rather a psychological one.

Often, transgressions committed out of ignorance draw punishment.  For example, Uzzah died immediately after accidently touching the Holy Ark (2 Sam 6:6).

With the prophets, the tenor is more personal.  God looks on the heart (Isa 23:13).  “Circumcision of the heart” became a metaphor of “a true heart” [consciencefree].  A hardened heart became a metaphor for a sinful heart [consciencelacking].


Thoughts on Man and Sin by Piet Schoonenberg (1964) 1.2V

Summary of text [comment] page 15

Schoonenberg condensed the teaching of Jesus on sin into 3 headings:

One: The commandment to love my neighbor

Two: My neighbor is everybody who meets me

Three: A favor done to my neighbor is the same as done to Christ

[The lawessential – the natural philosophical consequences of these teachings – is counter-intuitive from the point of view of dispositions.

Dispositions initially ask: “What about me?”

None of these teachings tells the dispositions what they want to hear.

Perhaps, this indicates that these teachings do not come from a serpent.]


Thoughts on Man and Sin by Piet Schoonenberg (1964) 1.2U

Summary of text [comment] pages 14 & 15

John 3:19-21 [ depicts the impossible relation between lawdenial and lawaccept].

Lawdenial3(transgression2(disposition1)) is “loving the darkness and hating the light”.

For example, imagine wealthy and powerful golden calves, who pay handsome sums to certified people of moral and religious grandeur, in order to properly perform the rituals of worship.  They then go out and oppress the poor.

A golden calf might take offense to that image, saying, “Oppress the poor?  No.  These impure folk are condemned by God Himself for not properly performing the temple rituals.  That is why they are poor.”]

Sin against God Himself is apparent in sins against one’s neighbors.


Thoughts on Man and Sin by Piet Schoonenberg (1964) 1.2T1

Summary of text [comment] page 14

[When the “light” is taken as “the object that thinkgroup has, but its detractors cannot possibly have”, then two parties are present: thinkgroup_is_light and thinkenemy_is_darkness.  The former projects the latter.

The exclusion of (the projected) thinkenemy_is_darkness by thinkgroup_is_light creates an atmosphere where thinkgroup_is_light illuminates all aspects of the symbolic order of the time (Germans call it “the Zeitgeist”).

Articulation of thinkdivine is perceived as resistance; that is, criticism of thinkgroup_is_light.  Thinklight is confounded with thinkenemy_is_darkness.

There is no escape, until the entire symbolic order (that is, the social construction of society) collapses due to its own consequences (lawessential), consequences that the thinkgroup_is_light have long denied (lawdenial).]


Thoughts on Man and Sin by Piet Schoonenberg (1964) 1.2S2

[The sinful thinkgroup believes it has the light.  If it gains sovereign power, this thinkgroup addresses all subjects as either thinkgroup_is_light or thinkenemy_is_darkness.   Thinkgroup_is_light hates thinkenemy_is_darkness, even though it cannot really tell friend from foe. Thinkgroup_is_light denies the consequences of its own (sinful) actions.

Any person of virtue who points out the horrid consequences of thinkgroup_is_light is branded as a person who adheres to the malevolent world view of thinkenemy_is_darkness.  That person becomes a “scapegoat”, an object for hatred.

Thinkgroup_is_light rejects the possibility that any alleged “person of virtue” has the capacity to witness to the lawessential that they themselves deny.  Consequently, the prophet is condemned because she does have the proper intelligence, standing, sophistication or credentials.  It is impossible for her to witness to what she plainly sees.

John’s pithy view of “what sin is” points to the core of these issues: The only moral religious perspective where the appearance of lawessential corresponds to its substance is thinkdivine.

Lawacceptance and thinkdivine complement one another.

That is why sin is infidelity and hatred against the light, which is Christ. ]


Thoughts on Man and Sin by Piet Schoonenberg (1964) 1.2S1

Summary of text [comment] page 14

Schoonenberg summed John’s view of sin.  Sin is infidelity and hatred against the light, which is Christ (John 15:18, 23-25).

[To me, it seems that Christ goes with thinkdivine, a “way of thought that puts sovereign power into context”.  ThinkChrist is a suprasovereign mythos and logos.

“Sin” associates to those thinkgroups practicing infidelity and hatred against the light of thinkChrist.

A thinkgroup that is an infra-sovereign religion does not necessarily hate the light.  However, some do.  The sinful ones do.]