Wednesday, August 5, 2009

a tale of two circles

I've massively re-written this post, but don't want to just delete it on account of the comments. So I'm just leaving this note - a note that probably no one will ever see. 


  1. josh, are you on drugs? this makes NO sense.

  2. I think I've read this before...

  3. You might enjoy reading Freidrich Neitzche; he articulates this idea, in book form, in Thus Spake Zarathustra and Beyond Good and Evil.

  4. Doesnt sound like Josh is on drugs, sounds like he's thinking rather clearly to me. Great read man.

  5. This is awesome. YOU are awesome. I snuck in to look at your blog because you said something hilarious over at Slacktivist, and man, have I ever done the opposite of regretting it! You are an engaging and funny writer and have good taste in reading material. (That Wendell Berry essay you linked to awhile back was wonderful.)

    So, so rarely, live or online, do I encounter a Christian who understands that there are two Christianities. Kind of like how you rarely encounter a rich person who really gets that there are two Americas. You, sir, have made my sidebar. And on your own merits, not 'cause you came recommended by someone else.


  6. Ok, ok you were right...I love this and I get it totally! I love the circle I reside in...If you see me with a brand, slap me. I'm glad you and I work together...we can teach the kids about the drums...thanks for telling me about this.

  7. I choose not to think there are kinds of Christianities.

    But here's the conundrum: it seems to me as soon as I start counting types, I already fall into the first circle.... but then again, by choosing to ignore the types, I acknowledge what I chose not to believe in. I guess that still puts me in the first circle.

    I think our tendency as humans is to fall into the first circle not the second. In fact, I don't think we can help ourselves. We name things, categorize, divide without anyone telling us how (even kids learn to do this SO fast). And logic, one of the things we think distinguishes us from animals, tells us if there's an inside there has to be an outside, if there's light there has to be dark, and if there's happy there has to be absence of happiness.

    I think that's why Christianity is so awsome. I agree with this post (well i guess my interpretation of it) - it imposes on us something that's impossible to grasp in our totally logical heads. To a point that when we think we've figured it out, we can't be further from the correct. Eventually, we have to learn to just let things go - to the puzzlement of the rest of the world.

    Another related thought (that may totally be unrelated to the reader(?)): what crazy person on this world would have come up with the whole idea of trinity - the perfect perichoresis. Talk about dreaming up the illogical.