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Posted on September 21, 2015
But was there ever a language in which the totality of a thing in its essence was communicated fully in words? James K.A. Smith, a Christian philosopher at Calvin College, says no. In his book The Fall of Interpretation, Smith argues that human beings were never intended to grasp the totality of the world instantaneously and without mediation – that the need to engage the world through thoughts and signs that grasp the world only partially is not a consequence of our fallenness but of our finitude; that God creates us not to know everything in the way that he knows everything but continually to learn, to grow, and to discover in ways that are appropriate to our status as finite ccreatures (emphasis mine)
Interesting blog post here at the emerging Scholars blog.
In the last few years I’ve been more endeared to the idea of eternity forever unfolding than I am the idea of one great static information download upon resurrection. Maybe our ability to learn is our glory and finitude is to be embraced as creature rather than creator.
The rest of the post is worth a read here.