Man and Sin by Piet Schoonenberg (1964) 2.1FH-2

[The idol substitutes for God, but it cannot fully exclude the Father and the Son.

If the idol could exclude God, the tension between recognition and participation would collapse and the person would become demonic. Some call it ‘possession’.

In this example, God’s action merely heightens the drunk’s awareness of ‘how the booze has messed ‘him’ up and how awful ‘his’ body feels’.

“What,” the drunk may ask “himself”, “am I doing to myself?”

This question contradicts the recognition of his idol.

Furthermore, this question undermines the exclusivity of the normal context contextualizing the single actuality of recognition and participation.]


Man and Sin by Piet Schoonenberg (1964) 2.1FH-1

Summary of text [comment] pages 69 through 71

[The vertical axis comes into play as ‘self-destruction manifests itself in the realm of actuality’.

‘The state of self-destruction’ is contextualized by a divine object3V. This idol substitutes for God. ‘Getting drunk’ is this person’s way of ‘getting in touch with his idol’.   The phrase, ‘drowning one’s sorrows’, points to ‘his’ conscience, his potential for ‘knowing with the idol’.]


Man and Sin by Piet Schoonenberg (1964) 2.1FG

Summary of text [comment] pages 69 through 71

[Let me attempt another example.

After meeting failure, a person drinks way too much vodka.

Here, the potion is vodka and the state of existence is self-destruction.

The normal context for the single actuality is despair. ‘The potential welling in response’ is ‘drowning in sorrow’.

Alcohol enters the bloodstream.

The drinker’s dispositions are the first to register the effect. “His” divinely appointed natural volition starts to slip. “His” ability to think changes.

The alterations of the horizontal axis are hidden. They just happen. “He” gets drunk.

That is how far “his” awareness of the horizontal axis goes.]


Man and Sin by Piet Schoonenberg (1964) 2.1FF

Summary of text [comment] pages 69 through 71

[I am working with the intersection of recognition and participation (2.1 DJ, DL and DN).

‘The state of having take a potion’ seems comparable to ‘the state of grace’ or ‘the state of self-destruction’.

Furthermore, the potion is taken in a content-level normal context in order to actualize certain possibilities.

The action of the potion directly alters the horizontal axis, pertaining to the divine nature and human nature.

Then, the transformed horizontal axis indirectly alters the vertical axis.]


Man and Sin by Piet Schoonenberg (1964) 2.1FD-3

[Back to the intersection (2.1 FB).

Participation and recognition belong to a single actuality. So, as participation changes, so does recognition. The novice becomes dimly conscious (conscience) of a divine object. The shaman gives him a shove with his walking stick. The fellow’s eyes open wide.

The master sees that the novice has started to fly (encountering the divine object).]


Man and Sin by Piet Schoonenberg (1964) 2.1FD-2

[Next, go to the single content-level nested form (2.1 FC): The potion does not alter ‘the nested form containing the intersection’.

For the nested form containing the intersection, (let me imagine that) the normal context is ‘a tradition of guidance by shamans’. The person who took the peyote is under the watchful eye of an experience shaman (one who knows how to fly). Taking the peyote does not alter the container that the novice is in. It does not alter the potential of the novice in response to the shaman’s guidance. The shaman and the novice may be regarded as a shamanistic dyad.]


Man and Sin by Piet Schoonenberg (1964) 2.1FD-1

Summary of text [comment] pages 69 through 71

[Here is an example.

Once upon a time, there was a fellow who ate the fruit of the peyote bush in order to fly (travel like a shaman).

Go first to the intersection (2.1FB): Initially, the potion alters the horizontal nested form of participation. The nature of the fellow changes under the influence of the drug. The potential (or dispositions) alter. The fellow may feel heavy or light; focused or confused.]