Man and Sin by Piet Schoonenberg (1964) 2.1AO

[Another way to say that is:

Each “God the One” cannot recognize Itself in Relation to any other “God the One”.

Does that mean that “God the One” cannot recognize Himself?

Does the law of noncontradiction apply?

“The Father cannot Recognize Himself as Father” except “in regards to the Son”.

If “recognition” contains every category of existence, then logic decrees that, at a minimum, any True God must also belong to every category of existence.

Recognition is a triadic relation. Triadic relations cannot be heard, seen, touched, tasted or smelled. Instead, triadic relations bring actuality into relation with potential.

So it seems the following must be concluded:

“God is God the One” is incapable of Recognizing Himself. One (without qualification) cannot form a relation with Itself.

“God is God the Three” encompasses Recognition.]


Man and Sin by Piet Schoonenberg (1964) 2.1AN

[The term “one” designates the realm of possibility. One is purely monadic. Firstness is a category of existence. Firstness is inclusive and allows contradiction.

Any resolution of the inherent contradictions in “God the One”, immediately brings “God the One” into the realm of actuality.

Yet, one party’s resolution may not agree with another party’s.

Consequently, two or more “God the One” (plural) may be manifest at any moment. Each manifestation has its own advocates.

The immediate solution may be to attack and murder the opposing resolutions (or parties). This solution does not mitigate the potential for further independent resolutions. All manifestations of “God the One” are heretical to all other manifestations of “God the One”.]


Man and Sin by Piet Schoonenberg (1964) 2.1AM

Summary of text [comment] page 67

[In another venue, when people call God, “God the One”, it seems that they refer to “the potential that underlies God Recognizing Himself”.


“God the One” must be monadic, belonging to firstness, the realm of possibility. This explains why “God the One” may be full of contradictions. Contradictions are allowed in the realm of possibility.]


Man and Sin by Piet Schoonenberg (1964) 2.1AL

Summary of text [comment] page 67

[Is it not odd that Progressives substituted “the possibilities of liberty, equality and fraternity (or, perhaps, entitlement, fairness and community organization)” for the Christian “possibility of God Recognizing Himself (or, perhaps, all creation)”?

It is as if the theological horizon has contracted.

It no longer contains the cosmos.

The cosmos has no say.

It merely votes “present”.

What does that imply?]


Man and Sin by Piet Schoonenberg (1964) 2.1AK

[The Progressive anthropology consists of Bureaus in communion with the God of Progress and Social Justice.   Through Bureaus, organizational objectives find their place in the Progressive pantheon.

“Progress and Social Justice3” brings “the good ones and the bad ones2” into relation with “the possibilities of liberty, equality and fraternity1“.

The good ones are victims of the bad ones. The good ones (or their representatives) must identify and destroy the bad ones.

Progressives think that “falsely accusing others of thinkanti-object” will fill the apparent emptiness that is the relationality of their enlightenment god. “Falsely accusing others of thinkanti-object” will propitiate the Progressive Godhead. It is the equivalent to throwing virgins into the volcano.

Pro-objects are the idols of their various creeds. If we do not love them, at least we will fear them.]


Man and Sin by Piet Schoonenberg (1964) 2.1AJ

Summary of text [comment] page 67

[But Christendom has been surpassed, has it not?

Today, Progressives locate their own symbolic elements in the space where the Holy Spirit, “Recognition as a Triadic Relation”, invisibly mediates. It is sort of like worshipping the flowers that someone put on an altar.

For example, freedom, equality and fraternity are the flowers of Christianity. They only make sense when viewed through the eyes of the Father, looking though the Son. They belong to individuals in communion with the Triune God.

They only make sense when displayed on the altar during a re-enactment of the Last Supper.

They make no sense as divine entities situated by sovereign power.]


Man and Sin by Piet Schoonenberg (1964) 2.1AI

[Now, let me propose, along with most Progressives, that God does not exist.

Unfortunately, the relational structure of the spontaneous order of our times (that is, our current Lebenswelt) requires us to posit a symbolic element that stands for “the object that brings us into relation”. Without this symbolic element, no symbolic order can support social construction (plus subsequent sensible construction).

For Christians, this object includes the Triune God, the One God that encompasses all three realms of existence. Three Persons dwell in One True God.

My selection of “recognition” as a key descriptor is suggestive, but not exclusive. This may seem strange, since normal contexts follow the laws of exclusivity. But then, the divine triadic relation encompasses “the existence of of all triadic relations”, if that makes any sense.

For Christendom, “Recognition of Jesus as the Son of the Father” brings us all into relation.]


Man and Sin by Piet Schoonenberg (1964) 2.1AH

Summary of text [comment] page 67

[If “our lives are potentiated by God Recognizing Himself”, then “sin may be more than what it appears to be”.

Sin is not merely its own punishment. Nor is sin only self-destruction. No person can annihilate ‘himself’.

Both heaven and hell are caught up in the theodrama of God Recognizing Himself.

His Recognition penetrates our core, our very being.

Whatever we imagine heaven and hell to be, that image is insufficient.]


Man and Sin by Piet Schoonenberg (1964) 2.1AG

Summary of text [comment] page 66

[What does this mean for the sinner? Every human lives within a spontaneous order, comprising both God’s creation and the divine act of God Recognizing Himself. We live. We realize ourselves (as creatures).  Then we die.

The spontaneous order brings us into being, challenges us, pushes our limits, makes our deathbed, and adapts to our initiatives and responses. When we die, the spontaneous order adapts.

But that is not the end of us. In God Recognizing Himself, we face a second life (or a second death). The dramas of our lives are embedded in His Judgment. His Judgment cannot be separated from His Own Recognition.]


Man and Sin by Piet Schoonenberg (1964) 2.1AF

[How does this work?

All existence is more than instrumental cause and effect.

All existence is more than secondness.

Secondness is one of three categories. The other categories are thirdness (the realm of normal contexts, mediations, signs, judgments and other triadic relations) and firstness (the realm of potential, possibilities, images, intuitions, intentions, and meanings).

The Christian description of the Father and the Son indicate secondness. But, these actualities belong to the relation of God Recognizing Himself.

The relation pays tribute to thirdness and firstness. Neither thirdness or firstness can be measured. However, both are revealed when secondness, which can be observed and measured, comes into play.]