Man and Sin by Piet Schoonenberg (1964) 2.3 ES

[No doubt, Manichean philosophers criticized common folk.

For common folk, reason was at the service of material need. The flesh (the practicality of living) dictated the situation. Only reasonable (or sensical) content was relevant.

Unreasonable content was situated through religious experience, regarded by the Manicheans as superstition.]


Man and Sin by Piet Schoonenberg (1964) 2.3 ER

[What if this intersection resolved into interscoping forms?

What if the recognition of my spiritual spark cohered with the nitty gritty of surviving?

Well, participation of the flesh (the decision to keep on living) might go with the situation level.

The recognition of reason (one manifestation of the spark of the spirit) might go with content level.]


Man and Sin by Piet Schoonenberg (1964) 2.3 EM

[In this way, Augustine defeated the Manicheans.

Today, Augustine points to the influence of each woman struggling in a world of ideological constructs.

These ideologies want to destroy her baby. They claim that babies are not convenient. Recognize this.

Plus, they call for the woman to reject her helper. Participate on your own. You will be your own salvation.

Like in the Manichean world, evil babies stand at the intersection of recognition and participation.]